April 17, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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BJP has Insulted the People of Karnataka by Boycotting the Budget: DCM

Bengaluru, Feb 16: Hailing the State Budget as ‘livelihood providing budget’, Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar today said that boycotting of the Budget by the BJP was an insult to the people of Karnataka.

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 in spite of 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.”

“Ours is a livelihood providing a budget. It is a budget which aims to bring change in the lives of people. It is a budget which 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, 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.

Fiscal discipline
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.”

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