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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took the decision of waiving farm loans fearing BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa’s protest scheduled for next month, said party district president H. Yoga Ramesh here o
BJP state president, B S Yeddyurappa, who has undertaken statewide tour to study drought, will visit the Dalit colony at Karkala along with his team on June 23, said Mattaru Ratnakar Hegde, district BJP president.
State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa will address the protest meet against Dakshina Kannada In-charge Minister B Ramanath Rai on June 24 at Bantwal, the latter's Assembly constituency.
"If I become the Chief Minister of Karnataka and with Narendra Modi at the Centre, we will resolve the never-ending Cauvery water issue soon," Yeddyurappa told reporters.
The former Chief Minister has launched a dalit-outreach programme in Karnataka and has been visiting houses of dalits and having breakfast or meals with them during his state-wide tour launched last month in an attempt to break caste barriers.
Yeddyurappa knows more than anyone else that the dalit vote could tilt the scales in many constituencies in the state.
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On the designated day, though, Congress leaders were late. Unwilling to wait, BJP leaders went ahead with the puja. State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa, Union minister Ananth Kumar, leader of opposition Jagadish Shettar and MP Prahlad Joshi were also present.
They interact with farmers in drought-affected Kommanalu village
At a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Yeddyurappa said he and other leaders of the party had made the maximum effort to get the loans waived off by the Centre. “Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the State governments have to mobilise funds required to waive off the farm loans.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, addressing the villagers, said during his rule in the State he had launched many schemes for the benefit of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
Addressing leaders of various communities at a meeting held at Ramasamudra village in the taluk here, he said that 25 families in Gundlupet have been socially boycotted just because they voted for the BJP in the recent bypolls.
The former CM had drawn flak last month when he did not eat at a Dalit’s house in Chitradurga
He said around 3-4 lakh farmers will gather in Bengaluru on July 10 to protest against the failure of the Congress government and its poor fiscal management.