Opposition leader Siddharamaiah has vowed to recover the black money allegedly amassed by the mining lords in State and to take severe action against them for causing loss to the State’s exchequer through illegal mining, if the Congress party is voted to power in the ensuing Assembly elections.

Addressing a Congress rally at the Jayamma Govindegowda Kalyana Mantapa in Kuvempunagar yesterday in which JD(S) leader C. Basavegowda, who is the President of Mysore-Chamarajanagar Districts Credit Cooperative Bank, was inducted into the Congress party, Siddharamaiah said that special courts will be set up to try all matters related to illegal mining in the State.

“Karnataka has lost Rs. two lakh crore worth of natural resources during the last seven years when BJP and JD(S) ruled the State,” he alleged and added that under the BJP rule, the State’s debt had increased manifold, with the government having to pay Rs. 9,700 crore per year as interest and capital.

At least 20 Ministers and leaders in the BJP had been facing either criminal charges or corruption cases and a former Chief Minister and other Ministers were sent to jail, he said.

Referring to JD(S) action that paved the way for the BJP to come to power in the State, he said that the JD(S), led by former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, was day-dreaming about ascending to power.

He expressed confidence that Congress will bounce back to power and win at least 120 to 130 seats in the 224-member Assembly on its own. MPs A.H. Vishwanath and R. Dhruvanarayan, former Ministers Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, Tanveer Sait and H. Venkatesh also addressed the gathering.

Massive rally welcomes Basavegowda, supporters

JD(S) leader and President of Mysore Chamarajanagar Districts Credit Cooperative Bank, C. Basavegowda yesterday joined the Congress party at a rally held at Jayamma Govindegowda Kalyana Mantapa in Kuvempunagar.

Opposition leader Siddharamaiah presented the party flag to Basavegowda, who along with large number of supporters, formally joined the Congress party. Speaking on the occasion, he said he was tired of holding the JD(S) flag all these years and had lost his self-respect there. “I now intend to live in dignity within the Congress party fold,” he said and added that he had joined the party unconditionally.

Siddharamaiah, speaking on the occasion, said that Basavegowda is a gentleman politician. “We had been together in the JD(S) and after I quit the party, Basavegowda did not speak anything bad about me. I welcome him to the Congress with open arms,” he said.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore