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No attempt to levy fresh taxes in the Budget: Yediyurappa

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, Feb 25: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa today said that no attempt will be made to levy fresh taxes in the State Budget for 2006-07.

"The Budget to be presented on March 20 will be people oriented, farmer friendly and no attempt will be made to levy fresh taxes", he added.

Participating at the 'Meet The Press' organised by Press Club of Bangalore here, he said that the Budget will be a blue print based on Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of coalition partners Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (Secular). "Top priority will be accorded for Rural Development and Infrastructure development besides steps to protect the interests of the farmers", he added.

Mr Yediyurappa said that as already announced by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy "our intention is to make Karnataka as a Model State in the country. Infrastructure development will not be limited only to Bangalore but also in rural areas to attract establishment of industries in other parts of the state.

Replying to a question, he said that welfare programmes implemented by previous Government would be continued there is no question of discontinuing them.

Evading direct reply to a question whether loans taken by farmers affected in the floods will be waived off, which was his main demand when he was Opposition Leader, Mr Yediyurappa said that "there is no difference of opinion in providing facilities to farmers. What Farmers asking is uninterrupted Power Supply, good seeds and finance. We will take steps to fulfill their requirements", he added.

To another question, he said that Cabinet expansion and appointment of Chairmans for various Boards and Corporation will be taken up shortly.

He said that the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the coalition Government will be made public shortly.

Stating that the coalition between BJP and JD-S could not take place in 2004 immediately after BJP becoming the largest party due to various reasons, Mr Yediyurappa expressed confidence of the new Government completing full term in the office.


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