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Karnataka: Congress-JD (S) Coordination Committee meeting held, farm loan waiver proposal accepted

By Vikas

Bengaluru, July 1: A meeting between top Congress and JD (S) leaders was held in Bengaluru on Sunday to discuss several issues ahead of the budget which would be presented in the upcoming monsoon session of the Karnataka Assembly.

Congress-JD (S) Coordination Committee meeting

Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Congress leader Siddaramaiah were among those present at the meeting. Siddaramaiah was not in favour of a new budget by the coalition government. It was even reported that he may not attend the meeting.

"Farm loan waiver has been accepted by the committee. The details will be revealed when the budget will be presented..10 Lakh houses will be built in next 5 years. New sports policies will be framed. The major focus will be on skill development to create new jobs," JD (S) leader Danish Ali told the media after the meeting.

Siddaramaiah who heads the coordination committee was not in favour of a full budget. He had even opposed the idea of farm loan waiver.

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Siddaramaiah, who had held the finance portfolio in the previous government, recently said there was no need for a fresh budget and insisted that a supplementary budget would do. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who holds the finance portfolio now, is scheduled to present the budget on July 5.

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