Monday, December 05, 2005

Centre apprised of Belgaum NAXALITE issue: CM Dharam Singh

Monday December 5 2005 09:10 IST
GULBARGA: Chief Minister N Dharam Singh, on Sunday, said he had convinced the Centre on his Government’s recent move to supersede the Belgaum City Corporation for passing anti-Government resolution.

Talking to newspersons here, he said he had appraised Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on the issue at New Delhi on Saturday and the latter was convinced of the State government’s decision to dissolve the Corporation.

Stating that this was not the first time the Corporation had been dissolved, he said it was earlier superseded in 1975 for similar reasons and also served with a show cause notice during the Krishna regime.

Singh said the Belgaum Corporation should not have passed the resolution demanding the merger of Marathi-speaking areas in the State with Maharashtra.

Instead of taking up developmental works in the district, the Corporation had been passing controversial resolutions, he added. He charged the Shiv Sena with trying to take advantage of such incidents for its survival.

Talking about the Naxalite menace, Singh informed that a meeting of top police officials of six districts was held in Bangalore recently to tackle the issue.

He said he had submitted a Rs 10,779 crore developmental plan for Bangalore infrastructure and governance during the launch of Jawaharlal Nehru National urban renewal mission at New Delhi on Saturday.

Stating that the urban renewal mission had been launched at the right time, he said it would be of immense help to develop the Bangalore, one of the fastest growing cities in the country and urged the centre to release funds for the State under the mission soon to implement the projects in time.

Singh informed that in its 18-month rule, the Government had spent over Rs 1,905 crore on upgrading the city’s infrastructure.

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