BJP-JD(S) combine will come to power in Kalaburagi Municipal Corporation: Basavaraj Bommai
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the BJP and the Janata Dal (S) will come together to run the Kalaburagi Municipal Corporation.
In the 55-member Kalaburagi Municipal Corporation council, the Congress won in 27 wards, BJP in 23 and JD(S) in 4 while one seat was won by an independent.
Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on September 7, the Chief Minister said the JD(S) has shown interest to work with the BJP in the Kalaburagi municipal body.
JD(S) MLAs, including former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, met Mr. Bommai at the latter’s official residence and held discussions on various issues, ahead of next week’s legislature session.
Responding to a question on JD(S) support to BJP in the Kalaburagi urban local body, Mr. Bommai said, “Though no detailed discussion was held, we have decided to go together. JD(S) leaders will hold discussions with their local leaders. But JD(S) leaders showed interest in working together in the Kalaburagi Municipal Corporation.”
BJP secured a majority in the Belagavi Municipal Corporation while falling short of a clear majority in Hubballi-Dharwad where the party secured 39 seats in the 82-member council.
A few days ago, BJP came to power in the Mysuru City Corporation, for the first time, after the tie-up between JD(S) and Congress, which were in power, fell apart.
The Chief Minister, who left for Delhi on September 7, said he would meet Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, and other Ministers and urge them to clear pending projects and release funds for various centrally sponsored schemes.
On Nipah virus in neighbouring Kerala, Mr. Bommai said officials have been told to take stringent measures at the border. Experts have been told to collect full details about the Nipah virus, he said.
Regarding the four vacancies in the State Cabinet, the Chief Minister said the topic would not come up during this visit to Delhi.
Death due to pothole
On the death of a man on a two-wheeler on account of a pothole in Bengaluru on September 6 night, the Chief Minister said the issue of potholes was discussed during last week’s review meeting. The BBMP Commissioner has been instructed to take up the work of filling potholes on a war footing after the monsoon starts receding, Mr Bommai said.