Mysuru: leader Dr on Wednesday charged leader and Mysuru MP of deliberately concealing information about the contribution of the previous Congress-led (UPA) government to the development of the ‘Heritage City’. Ravindra accused Simha of glossing over the role the previous government had played in improving the infrastructure of Mysuru in the booklet that the latter has published listing his accomplishments during his tenure.
“In his booklet, Simha has taken credit for projects such as doubling of the between Mysuru and Bengaluru, and the completion of the Outer Ring Road. He claims that all of these projects materialised owing to his efforts, and the support of the central government. In fact, work on doubling the railway line started in 2007-08 when the UPA government was in power at the Centre. Simha must not mislead people by presenting such false reports. He has also been claiming credit for starting operations at the Mysuru Airport, which is far from true. Flights were being operated to and from Bengaluru at the terminal but these were stopped owing to lack of patronage. Yes, he might have helped provide more funds for increasing operations at the airport, but he cannot claim that the BJP-led central government started everything,” said Ravindra.
Conceding that Simha had succeeded in getting additional sanctioned between Mysuru and Bengaluru, Ravindra, however, was quick to point out that there were already 23 of them running between the two cities before the BJP leader was elected to the Lok Sabha.
Cong candidate for Mysuru
Although Congress failed to perform an encore of its impressive performance in the 2013 assembly elections in the Old Mysore Region – the party had swept most segments in Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts – in the 2018 polls, party leader Dr HN Ravindra believes that it still holds the edge over other outfits in Mysuru district. Against a backdrop of negotiations between allies Congress and JD(S) over sharing of seats for the upcoming , Ravindra made a pitch for fielding a candidate from the Congress. “In the assembly elections, the Congress lost seven of the eight assembly segments in Mysuru district, while BJP won four, and the JD(S) three. But, Congress’ vote share across the district was higher than either party – 4.92 lakh votes were cast for Congress in the district, against 3.45 for the BJP and 4.1lakh for the JD(S),” said Ravindra, buttressing his argument for a Congress candidate from Mysuru.