Ullal: JDS state spokesperson and Ullal Municipal Council member Dinakar Ullal has alleged that the Congress party, which has had no majority in Ullal municipality for the last two-and-a-half years, is known for its misrule and the BJP, which is a staunch enemy in the country and in the state, is supporting the congress rule by entering into an understanding with the Congress only in Ullal municipality. Addressing a press conference at Ullal Press Club in Thokkottu Seva Soudha here, Hegde said that despite presenting the budget thrice in the last two-and-a-half years, no effective work has been done on drinking water, drainage, roads, and street lights, solid waste. Even if they do not have a majority, they enter into an understanding with the BJP and make BJP members neutral during the selection of the standing committee.
On the contrary, Congress has conducted a selection process and now it has presented a budget that is not beneficial to the “poor people”, where the BJP members have remained neutral and supported the Congress. Every time members of the Janata Dal (Secular) publicly highlight the shortcomings of the administration and talk about the basic amenities of the poor, BJP members are opposing it and express support for the Congress. He alleged that the Congress was strong in the assembly elections here due to the bjp’s infighting and that the Congress and the BJP were ruling here like two sides of the same coin. Khaleel, a municipal councilor, said that in the last three years, though funds were released to each member in the budget, no work has been done in six wards. No one is coming forward to carry out the work in the remaining wards without inviting tenders and releasing money to more than 4 crore contractors. He said the officials had failed to collect proper taxes in Ullal and no action was being taken even though the shopkeepers did not pay the tax.
Abdul Jabbar, a member of the municipal corporation, said that though he had asked for some information in writing, the officials were not giving him. He said that despite discussions on issues related to development, confusion swelled in the general body meeting when those in the administration did not give a proper answer due to evasiveness and the ruling party members themselves were raising the question in the meeting. Member Abdul Basheer was present at the press conference.