Bengaluru: Congress is set to romp home in Karnataka during the next Assembly elections scheduled for May 2018 as there is no anti-incumbency, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
“The success of Congress candidates in the recently held two bye-polls is an indicator for people’s support to the welfare schemes introduced by our government,’’ Siddaramaiah told reporters here on Friday.
The chief minister was interacting with media persons at Meet the Press, organized by Bengaluru Press Club and Reporters’ Guild on the occasion of Congress government completing four years in office. “We have fulfilled 155 of 165 promises made in Congress manifesto in the last four years. I am confident of fulfilling the remaining poll promises this year. We have walked the talk,’’ he said.
He said the number of people migrating from border districts of Karnataka to other cities has come down despite severe drought in the state. “Karnataka is reeling under severe drought for the second consecutive year. However, the number of people migrating to other cities from border districts has come down due to the welfare schemes introduced by the government. We are supplying seven kgs of rice to each of the family members free of cost,’’ he said.
Criticising BJP leaders for undertaking a tour of drought-affected areas in the state, he said they, instead of undertaking a tour, would have pressurized Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release more funds to Karnataka for taking up drought relief measures. “BJP leaders are blaming the state government for not waiving off crop loans. These leaders were silent when I led an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking drought relief fund and also waiver of crop loans given to farmers by nationalized banks,’’ he said.
Answering a query on the appointment of new Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, he said Congress high command would take a decision on the selection of a suitable candidate for that purpose. “I will lead Congress in the next Assembly elections but the decision on selection of Chief Minister will depend on Congress high command,’’ he said.