Chikkamagaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is on the way to completing his full term in office, declared here on Friday that he was proud of being the first to achieve the feat after the late D. Devraj Urs, who was the last CM to have served a full term.
Addressing a public meeting at Mudigere near here, where he laid the foundation stone for various development projects, the Chief Minister recalled that he had so far completed four years and seven months in office and his term would come to an end in May.
Claiming that his government had delivered on 155 of the 165 promises made in the run-up to the 2013 poll, he exuded confidence that the Congress would return to power in the state.
The CM revealed that the state Budget, which would be presented on February 16, had been drawn up keeping in mind the needs of the common people.
On his state-wide Sadana Samavesha, he said since December 6, when he set off on the tour, he had covered 21 districts, including Chikkamagaluru, for laying the foundation stones of various development works and he planned to wind it up on January 12 after visiting the remaining districts.
As for the BJP’s charge that he was lavishly spending taxpayers’ money on his tour, he shot back, “What other money should we use to organise state government programmes?”
Taking on the saffron party, he emphasised that it was wrong to divide people on caste and religious grounds and unless all sections of society reaped the benefits of development it would be difficult to realise the dream of “Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas” ( collective growth) that the Modi government had been talking about.