OBC for Lingayat: Party exploring legal options says DMC Karjol

Airport work of Bijapur to begin in December, ends within a year’

BIJAPUR; 30 Nov: Treading cautiously on the issue of bringing Lingayats under OBC category, Deputy Chief Minister, Govind Karjol has said that the government has not taken any final decision on it as it is still holding consultation with the legal experts.

Addressing presspersons before participating in the ‘Gram Swaraj’ convention of the party on Monday, he said that since the party believes working in a federal system, it will consider legal and Constitutional aspects before deciding on bringing Lingayat community under OBC category.

About the long pending Airport work in Bijapur, Karjol asserted that the work will begin in December itself as the government has completed the tender process.

He however said that since a final Cabinet approval is required before starting the work, he said that after the approval, the work will begin in December month itself.

Refuting the allegations that the tender process cancelled in the past which is why the work is getting delayed, he said that the work is getting delayed because the project required clearance from the Infrastructure Development Ministry as the project comes under that department.

“ Though the PWD is executing the project, however since the clearance is needed from the infrastructure department, we were only waiting for that”, Karjol asserted.

He assured that within one year of starting of the project, the Airport will be ready for use.

Earlier, he criticized previous Congress governments of not taking any concrete plan for the development of the Airport in Bijapur.

Mentioning about the Cabinet expansion, he said that the party high command will take a final decision on it and suggested the media persons to wait for some more time.

On the reports that the party leaders deliberately avoided meeting Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa on the matter of cabinet expansion, Karjol refuted the reports stating that since the top-leaders including Amit Shah are on tour, therefore the leaders could not meet the CM.

On the reports of party planning to replace Yediyurappa from the CM’s post, Karjol asserted that Yediyurappa will remain as CM till the end of the government’s tenure.

Later, he participated in the event which the party has been organizing to prepare the workers for the coming Gram Panchayat elections.

Karjol said that the party has been holding the events across the State to educate the people about the welfare schemes launched by the BJP government.

MP, Ramesh Jigajinagi, MLA, Somanagouda Patil Sasnur, District President, R. S. Patil Kochabal, Party leader, Ashwanth Narayan, Chandrashekhar Kavatagi, Vijugouda Patil and several prominent leaders of the party were present.Attachments area

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