Development programmes for the State in the next financial budget will be based on the Congress manifesto, said Siddharamaiah, the Chief Minister- designate.

Speaking to reporters after visiting Sri Chamundeshwari Temple atop Chamundi Hill this morning, Siddharamaiah said that development works will be taken up on a priority basis for the first year, then for the next two years and for the next four years.

Regarding the controversy over Union Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge (who was in the race for CM’s post) being not elected as the CLP leader and the subsequent protests from Dalits, Siddharamaiah said, “I too am a Dalit. I seek the co-operation of all for the common cause of good administration.”

Regarding the financial situation of the State, Siddharamaiah said that he was not in a position to say anything now, but would hold a meeting with the higher officials and then speak to the media.

“My priorities are agriculture, adequate drinking water supply and electricity,” said Siddharamaiah and added that he would streamline the administration which has gone from bad to worse.

After returning from the Hill, Siddharamaiah called on litterateur Devanur Mahadeva at the latter’s residence on Navilu road in Kuvempunagar. He then returned to his residence near Digantha Circle in Sharadadevinagar where a large number of his supporters had gathered since early morning.

MDCC Bank President C. Basavegowda, Rakesh Siddharamaiah, former DG&IGP L. Revanasiddaiah and others accompanied Siddharamaiah.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore