‘I Have 4 More Yrs to Fulfil Laptop Promise’
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday admitted that he could not fulfil the promise of providing free laptops to PU students. However, he tried to downplay the failure by stating that he need not fulfil all his poll promises in the first year itself, as he has four more years of tenure as the CM.
“There is no question of backing out from any of the promises made in our manifesto of the Assembly elections. But these promises are not meant to be fulfilled in the first year itself. We have already fulfilled many promises. We have four more years to fulfil the remaining promises,” Siddaramaiah said when reporters questioned him at the ‘Janata Darshana’ at his home office ‘Krishna’ here about failure to provide free laptops to PU students and sanitary napkins to school girls.
While Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stated that it would not be possible to distribute free sanitary napkins this year, Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader later in the day put an element of confusion into the issue by stating that his department had been issuing free sanitary napkins and so far 35 lakh napkins have been distributed to school girls.
Long Wait at Janata Darshan
The Janata Darshan being held after a break of over a month due to poll code of conduct witnessed a huge gathering from across the state.
But with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah having to address the much serious issues like drought relief works and meet a delegation of party MLAs which turned up to discuss the drinking water problems in their constituencies, the people at Janata Darshan were made to wait for over two hours to have Chief Minister’s darshan.