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‘BJP has insulted people of Karnataka by boycotting budget’: DCM DK Shivakumar

ANI | | Posted by Yamini C S
Feb 17, 2024 08:45 AM IST

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar on Friday said that boycotting the budget by the BJP is an insult to the people of the state.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar on Friday said that boycotting the budget by the BJP is an insult to the people of the state.

DK Shivakumar (PTI)
DK Shivakumar (PTI)

Speaking to reporters after the presentation of the State Budget, he said, "The Opposition boycotted the Budget as its leaders could not digest the fact that the Congress government was able to dedicate so much of resources for developmental works despite guarantee schemes. There is no other instance in Karnataka politics when the Opposition boycotted the Budget presentation, it is an insult to the democratic process."

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He said that the budget is a livelihood-providing budget that aims to bring change in the lives of people.

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"Ours is a livelihood providing budget. It is a budget that aims to bring change in the lives of people. It is a budget that keeps in mind Bengaluru's long-term development. It is a budget which has a vision for irrigation projects," he added.

"We have taken up development of KRS gardens, Navali Balancing reservoir, Upper Krishna and Kalasa-Bhanduri projects. We have taken up the Kalasa-Bhanduri project awaiting the Centre's approval. We are preparing for Mekedatu too. The budget has brought in a lot of focus on irrigation," he said.

"The budget has a long-term vision for Bengaluru. Drinking water project for 110 villages around Bengaluru city, the announcement of new townships in Magadi, Hosakote, Nelamangala and Bidadi. It aims to resolve the land-related issues in the city and an effort is also being made to deliver land records to the doorstep," he explained.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has presented a model budget for the country and I congratulate him for that, he said.

Referring to allegations of higher borrowings in this budget, he said, "We have mobilised funds for the State within the permissible boundaries of fiscal discipline."

Asked about the allegation of former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa that the budget has short-changed departments held by him, he said, "What else can you expect from Yediyurappa? We have approved many projects initiated by his government too. I won't differentiate between the irrigation department and other departments. This is a budget for the entire state and for all departments. All regions are important."

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When asked about BJP MLA S T Somashekar lauding the budget, he said, "Many of the BJP MLAs are happy about the budget but they can't express it in the open. It was Somashekar who appealed for a drinking water project for 110 villages around Bengaluru city."

Replying to a query on allocation for the Brand Bengaluru initiative, he said, "Tunnel roads, Business corridor, Satellite township, metro project, sub-urban rail, sky deck are all projects under Brand Bengaluru."

Referring to the allegation of former Chief Minister Kumaraswamy that the budget has money for tunnels but not for repairing the roads, he said, “Kumaraswamy would have understood the budget better had he attended the budget presentation. It is not appropriate to comment based on second-hand information. Let him come and debate it in the House. We need feedback from seniors like him.”

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