Mysuru: With elections to the state Assembly fast approaching, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated a slew of projects in his hometown of Mysuru on Saturday, claiming that after the maharajas of old it was his government that had contributed the most to the region and he was the second Chief Minister from the district after Devaraj Urs to give it its due.
“We have given over Rs 5000 crore for various projects in Mysuru district over the past five years. A district hospital will be ready in a short while and we have started branches of the Jayadeva hospital in Mysuru, Gulbarga and plan to open one in Hubballi too. We also plan to start a kidney transplant unit at the Nephro Urology Centre, and a unit of the Kidwai Oncology Centre in Mysuru,” he revealed.
The projects that he inaugurated included a 250 -bed Jayadeva Cardialogy and Research Institute built at a cost of Rs 210 crores, a trauma care centre built at a cost of Rs 25 crores, and a yoga and naturopathy college that cost Rs 8.25 crore to build . He also laid the foundation stone for a super specialty hospital to be built at the cost of Rs 168.52 crore.
A new office complex of the Deputy Commissioner in Siddarthanagar and a new Police commissioner’s office in Nazarbad were also opened by the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters near his residence he denied that the government was targeting Vokkaliga officers as claimed by JD (S) state chief, H D Kumaraswamy while referring to the suspension of a police officer for the attack on Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty.
“They are just lying ahead of the elections. I became a minister in 1984 even before he (Kumaraswamy) entered politics. Do I need to take lessons from him on how to deal with officers?” he asked with sarcasm.
On BJP’s allegation on corruption in hostels, he said it was lying for the sake of the elections as no other government had improved the hostels as much as his....