Induct a legislator from Udupi into Cabinet: Hegde

‘District has five MLAs and one MLC’

Mattar Ratnakar Hegde, president of the district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party, said on Wednesday that the district unit had urged Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to give suitable representation to Udupi district in his ministry and to induct at least one legislator from the district as Cabinet Minister.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Hegde said the BJP had swept the Assembly elections held in 2018 and had won all the five Assembly seats in Udupi district. There was also one BJP MLC in the district. Mr. Yediyurappa could chose anyone of them to be a Minister, he said.

Mr. Hegde said that all five MLAs from the district – Halady Srinivas Shetty, Raghupati Bhat, V. Sunil Kumar, Lalaji Mendon and B.M. Sukumar Shetty and the MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary were eligible to become Ministers.

The district unit has also urged Mr. Yediyurappa to appoint a legislator from the district as Udupi district in charge Minister. A legislator from this district would have first-hand knowledge of the issues here, he said.

He welcomed the decision taken by Mr. Yediyurappa to waive loans of 23,507 fishermen and fisherwomen in the three coastal district to the tune of ₹60.58 crore.

A delegation of BJP legislators from the coastal districts had met Mr. Yediyurappa had urged him to solve the problem of sand extraction.

He lauded the decision of the Yediyurappa government to do away with the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in the State. The celebrations had been controversial and it had led to communal tension and disturbed harmony in society, he said.

Water project

The district BJP had also urged Mr. Yediyurappa to expedite the project of bringing water from Varahi river to the Baje dam. This would solve the drinking water problem of Udupi city during summer. The State government should also expedite the widening work of national highways in the district, Mr. Hegde said.

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