CM to Present Report Card, Plan for Next 4 Yrs - The New Indian Express

CM to Present Report Card, Plan for Next 4 Yrs

Published: 19th May 2014 08:34 AM

Last Updated: 19th May 2014 08:34 AM

BANGALORE: Unperturbed by the poor performance of Congress candidates in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will present his progress card of his one year in office on Monday. He will also unveil his future plans for the remaining period of four years at a press conference.

According to official sources, the chief minister, who is aware of the targets and achievements of each member of his council of ministers, had grand plans to celebrate his completion of one year in office, but was forced to scale it down following the poll debacle.

The Congress, which returned to power in the state on its own after a gap of over nine years in 2013, completed one year in office on May 12 this year.

Sources said the chief minister would release a booklet containing the promises made and how they were implemented by the various departments.

It may be recalled that Siddaramaiah, while presenting his maiden budget as chief minister in June last year, had promised to spend over `10,000 crore on irrigation and focus on completing all pending projects within a time limit of 10 years.

Siddaramaiah had also promised to ensure remunerative prices for farmers for their produce, set up an Agriculture Price Commission and earmark sufficient funds for market intervention in case of a crash in prices of farm produce.

During his campaign, he had said his government had already implemented about 90 per cent of the promises that figured in the poll manifesto released during the Assembly elections.

Senior Congress leader and Union Defence Minister A K Antony had released the manifesto and had assured he would monitor the implementation of the promises regularly. However, Antony has failed to do it so far.

Senior ministers including Srinivas Prasad (Revenue), Dr H C Mahadevappa (PWD), K J George (Home),  T B Jayachandra (Law), Ramalinga Reddy (Transport) and Dinesh Gundu Rao (Food and Civil Service) are also expected to be present when the chief minister releases the booklet.

Had Siddu Decided to Quit?

Bangalore: Did Chief Minister Siddaramaiah offer to quit on Friday, when his calculation of securing a maximum number of Lok Sabha seats for the Congress party went wrong?

According to Congress sources, Siddaramaiah was distraught when Congress candidates started lagging behind BJP nominees by huge margins in a majority of the constituencies.

Shocked by the results, an impulsive Siddaramaiah, who had almost single-handedly taken up the burden of campaigning in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in the state, reportedly made up his mind to quit office owning moral responsibility for the party’s performance.

“His supporters were dumbstruck when Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced his intention to take a moral high ground and quit,” said sources close to the Chief Minister.

“Siddaramaiah was made to change his stance only after intervention from central leaders who are close to party supremo Sonia Gandhi advised him not to make such hasty decisions”, the sources added.

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