'BJP to protest Cong 'proxy rule' in K'taka'

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Bangalore, Mar 3: Charging the Congress in Karnataka with ruling the State covertly, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa today said his party would launch a state-wide agitation against the ''proxy rule.'' Addressing the press, he said the office-bearers meeting of the party would be convened in a few days to chalk out details of the agitation.

Though his party had full respect for Governor Rameshwar Thakur considering his vast administrative experience, ''we cannot, however, tolerate the Congress doing the back-seat driving,'' he added. Mr Yeddyurappa alleged the pro-people programmes announced by the previous JD(S)-BJP coalition government were not being implemented now. ''This is being done following instructions from the Congress to the Governor,'' he charged.

Naming several programmes initiated by the previous government in which he was the Deputy Chief Minister, he said Sandhya Suraksha and another programme initiated to remove regional imbalance, had been ''ignored'' in the present rule.

''The plan size of the state for 2007-08 has been fixed at Rs 17,799.75 crore. However, till December, only Rs 9,232.40 crore has been spent,'' he said.

Under the Central plans, the previous government had earmarked Rs 2,276 crore. However, so far, only Rs 1,218 crore had been spent.

No effort was made to start the proposed Horticulture University at Bagalkot and Music University in Mysore, he alleged.


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