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‘I have got projects worth Rs. 5,000 cr. for Vijayapura’

Wondering why people never questioned the MPs from the district in the past on their contribution to the district, Ramesh Jigajinagi, MP and Union Minister of State of Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation, has asked why people are asking only a Dalit Minister such as him about his contribution to the district.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, he said that despite doing many works for the development of the district, people still keep blaming him stating that he was not doing anything for the district.

“I am not the first MP from the district as the district has seen so many MPs in the past. Why they never questioned the others? Why they are questioning only a Dalit MP? I am asking this question out of curiosity,” he said.

Claiming that it was his efforts that helped the district to have the first NTPC power plant in the district during his previous term as MP, he said that he ensured the establishment of the NTPC plant in Vijayapura after convincing the then Union Energy Minster Sushilkumar Shinde of the need for it.

Mr. Jigajinagi said that in the last four-and-a-half years of his tenure, he has got projects worth Rs. 5,000 crore for the district.

Asserting that he has no habit of making public claims about his works like the other Ministers, he said that he feels satisfied when he sees his works doing good for the people.

“I work for the people only for my personal satisfaction and nothing else,” he said.

With regard to non-implementation of fertilizer manufacturing unit in the district as promised by him three years ago, the Minister accused the State government of not granting the required land. But when asked how much land was sought and when, he simply said that the required amount of land was not given by the State government.

He also said that he got Rs. 200 crore granted from the Union government for the development of roads here. But again he accused the State government of not implementing the projects.

“The State government does not want the credit to go to the Union government. Therefore, it is not implementing the projects,” he said.

He said that he would be holding a Belagavi divisional level meeting of officials next month in Vijayapura city to discuss the status of drinking water in the district and grant required funds from his Ministry.

Mr. Jigajinagi, in an attempt to defend the Union government, said that the “government has reduced the price of fuel by Rs. 2 per litre”. But when he was reminded that it was not Union government but the State government that has announced the measure, the Minister turned speechless for a while. Continuing his attempt to defend his government, he asked the people not to judge the government only on the basis of rising prices of fuel.

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