Congress confident of winning local body poll in K`taka

The Congress in Karnataka Wednesday expressed confidence that the party would come to power in the local body elections and said people`s "verdict" would be against the "corrupt" BJP government.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2010, 15:56 PM IST

Bangalore: The Congress in Karnataka Wednesday
expressed confidence that the party would come to power in the local body elections and said people`s "verdict" would be against the "corrupt" BJP government.

"My analysis is that Congress is on the path of revival and
we are seeing new enthusiasm among the workers. In the coming
days, the party would remain strong and there is every
indication of the Congress coming to power," Karnataka Pradesh
Congress Committee President G Parmameshwara told reporters
here.

He said the people would give their "verdict" against BJP
government, "tainted by allegations of corruption and land
scams".

Parameshwara alleged that the ruling BJP has unleashed
"money power" to influence voter behaviour and charged the
government with misusing power as also "manipulation" by
deleting many voter list pages in "Congress pockets".
The first phase of the local body elections covering 12
districts was held on December 26, and 17 districts would go
the polls in the second phase on December 31 and Gulbarga
district on January one .Results will be known on January 4.

"My belief is that the Congress will gain majority in a
large number of Taluk and Zilla panchayats", he added.
On Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa`s statement that size
of the State government`s next budget would be Rs one lakh
crore, he sought to know from the former, about the funds
released in the current financial year.

He said as per his information, funds released for various
sectors and departments in the current financial year have not
exceeded 40 per cent. Pending bills before the Public Works
Department alone tops Rs 3,000 crore, he said.

Parameshwara said the State government plans to hike power
tariff after the local body elections, and the Congress
would oppose it.

PTI