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Dr G. Parameshwar's incentive' upsets Congress men

Deccan Chronicle.| vittal shastri

Published on: October 24, 2018 | Updated on: October 24, 2018

I have one condition to complete the Savalagi-Jamkhandi road repair work in three months.

Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwar

Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwar

Hubballi: Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwar left his partymen open mouthed at an election rally  in Savalagi village of Jamkhandi taluk on Tuesday when he held out an incentive for  the people to vote for the Congress, saying they would in return see the road between Savalagi and Jamkhandi  asphalted.

"I have one condition to complete the Savalagi-Jamkhandi road repair work in three months. You should vote for our party candidate. Mere claps for my promise will not work. Is it all right if we enter into such a deal with you?" Dr Parameshwar asked the assembled people, surprising several Congress leaders on the dais with him at the rally.  

Some did try to intervene to tell him that his comment could  amount to a violation of the election code of conduct. 

But the Deputy Chief Minister dismissed their advice, saying  he was not there to make any policy statement. Justifying his speech, he claimed he had only spoken  about development of the constituency. 

This however, did not stop BJP leaders from charging that his speech amounted to a clear violation of the model code of conduct. . 

Speaking to reporters later, Dr Parameshwar claimed there were no differences between Congress and JD(S) leaders in Ballari and the ticket had been given to Mr V S  Ugrappa after taking the local leaders into confidence. 

He also maintained that allegations of rape made against Karnataka Congress in-charge, K C Venugopal would not harm the party as they were politically motivated and he was ready to deal with them legally. 

Speaking on the occasion, former Minister, M B Patil alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party  had tried to lure several Congress legislators with the  offer of Rs 25 crore each and declared that the coalition government in the state would last its full five year term.

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