BJP MP 'appeals' to K'taka CM to postpone US visit
New Delhi, Aug 24: Senior Karnataka politician and BJP Lok Sabha member Ramesh Jigajinagi has 'appealed' to Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to 'postpone' their proposed business promotion visit to United States slated for September in view of the state reeling under the effects of drought and floods.
Mr Jigajinagi, who has held several important Cabinet positions in the state including the Revenue portfolio, said it was important for the state to mount pressure against the Centre to release funds for it to overcome the ill-effects of natural calamity as lakhs of farmers and cluster of villages were badly affected either by the spells of drought or floods in south and north Karnataka.
The Centre had not released even one rupee to the state although it experienced drought and floods simultaneously, putting lakhs of farmers in trouble. ''It would be in people's interest for the honourable Chief Minister and his Deputy to postpone the visit,'' the former Karnataka minister said.
Mr Jigajinagi had already written a letter to Mr Kumaraswamy and Mr Yediyurappa to this effect, exhorting them not to undertake the visit when their presence was required in India.