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Govt keeping eye on "communal forces": Siddaramaiah

PTI | Last Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 21:41

Bangalore: Karnataka government on Thursday said it will not allow communal forces to create disharmony and keep an on "elements" spreading hatred through social media and mobile phones.

"We will not allow communal forces like Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Sriram Sene and others to create disharmony. We will take every step to curb them," Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, while winding up the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address in the Assembly.

Communal forces were spreading hatred for political gains in the light of the coming Lok Saba polls, he said.

Siddaramaiah also said all help would be given to those Naxals who want to join the mainstream.

On the financial health of the state, he said, it is good as government was nearing to reach the target of generating Rs 62,644 crore revenue through taxes. "In the eight months of our rule so far we have generated Rs 42,947 revenue through taxes," he added.
The government has spent 47 per cent of Rs 50,487 crore plan expenditure and given Rs 6,589 crore subsidy for implementing various schemes, Siddaramaiah said.

On the controversy surrounding induction of D K Shivakumar and Roshan Baig into the ministry, he said they are not tainted ministers. "There is no charge sheet pending against Baig and Shivakumar in the court. They are not tainted."

Siddaramaiah said it was true that he used strong words against the officials, but that did not mean the administration has collapsed.

I used strong language against the officials for improving the administration, he added.

Referring to Congress member Basavaraja Rayareddy writing a letter to him, expressing displeasure about the style of functioning of ministers, he said, "There was nothing wrong in writing a letter and bringing it to my notice."

Reddy had said the ministers were not showing interest to address the problems faced by people residing in North Karnataka. Siddaramaiah also said government was fully committed to developing Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

First Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 21:41
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