Why is a particular section of society opposing me: Kumaraswamy
The Karnataka Chief Minister wonders why these citizens are seeing him with bad intention, and says the Congress is not responsible for the tears he shed recently.
Karnataka Chief Minis(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)ter H.D. Kumaraswamy confessed to a feeling of relief at the bountiful rainfall that the State has received this year, which also decreases the political tensions over sharing of water with neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the State had enough water in its reservoirs to even fulfil next month’s requirements of Tamil Nadu.
“By God’s grace, this has been the happiest development this year. This time even our brothers and sisters in Tamil Nadu will be happy. We are already prepared to fulfil next month’s quota of water to be released. There will be absolutely no problem. Even Mettur dam, after a gap of 12-13 years will be full. I have also read that the Tamil Nadu government has decided to release water for the Kuruvai crop. It is a good sign,” Mr. Kumaraswamy said.
In an interview with The Hindu, he spells out his priorities in governance, the bounty of the rains this year and why at a public meeting…
What are the top three things on your agenda for Karnataka?
Employment for the younger generation is my top priority. If you go through my Budget speech, I have identified more than seven districts in the northern part of the State. Gulbarga, Belagavi, Bidar, Koppal, Bellari, Chitradurga and Mysuru, Tumakuru and Hassan have been identified for specific manufacturing industries. For example, in Gulbarga we are planning to encourage solar panel units and sub-ancillary units, in Chitradurga LED bulbs. I want it to be like China in the way that they incentivised specific manufacturing units with certain districts. We are planning to invest more than ₹15,000-20,000 crore in five years to accomplish this. By this, we want to create employment of up to 2 lakh jobs.
The other agenda is to expedite irrigation projects. Farm loan waiver is not a permanent solution, rather it is a short-term relief measure. Our government is trying to work out measures to change the present-day system of crops and agriculture, by introducing a version of zero budget natural farming. This year itself, I have allocated some funds for this. We want the agriculture sector to respond to changing circumstances.
The rains have been plentiful this year in the State. That must have been a relief?
By God’s grace, this has been the happiest development this year. This time, even our brothers and sisters in Tamil Nadu will be happy. We are already prepared to fulfil the next month’s quota of water to be released. There will be absolutely no problem. Even Mettur dam, after a gap of 12-13 years, will be full. I have also read that the Tamil Nadu government has decided to release water for the kuruvai crop. It is a good sign.
Amid all this bounty from nature, why the tears last week?
Basically I’m an emotional man and a human being. I saw that after I took over the leadership in the State, the electronic media, specifically, opposing each and everything I do. They try to mislead the people over my policies. I don’t know why. Also why is a particular section of society, citizens of my State, among the people, is also opposing me.
Who are you referring to?
I don’t want to name the section of society. I’m not referring to the Opposition party here. It is the BJP’s duty to criticise and oppose me. I have no problem with that. But some sections of the common man, why are they seeing me with bad intention? In my mind, that pain is there. I was addressing my family members, my workers are my family members, I expressed my pain. It was not directed at the Congress at all.
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