Moily: JD(S)-BJP coalition rule was ''Dark Age'' of K'taka

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Bangalore, May 8 (UNI) Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister M Veerappa Moily today alleged that the 20-month rule of the JD(S)-BJP coalition government was the ''Dark Age'' in the history of the state.

Addressing a press conference here, he alleged ''It was not a nightmare but Dark Age since various welfare projects taken up by the Congress government were neither implemented nor new developmental activities taken up. Total administration had collapsed as the leaders of both the parties were power hungry and fighting for portfolio.'' Citing example, Mr Moily said the Centre, under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme, had allocated Rs 23,500 crore for various development schemes for seven years beginning December 2005. But the BJP-JD(S) coalition government could not submit the City Development Plan' as it did not hold elections to the Bangalore City Corporation council though the term had expired 18 months ago.

The Metro Rail project, which would have been completed by 2010, would be further delayed, he said. The Centre had provided all necessary clearances and resources required, but not even ten per cent of the work was completed by the previous coalition government, he alleged.

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