Bengaluru, Sept 15: With an eye on bypolls and to keep 17 disqualified MLAs in good humour, the state government has generously doled out funds for assembly segments represented by the former legislators.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday released Rs 26.5 crore for Hirekerur represented by disqualified MLA BC Patil to take up development works. This comes after several disqualified MLAs met Yediyurappa on Friday, expressing displeasure at being neglected by him and BJP leaders. They are miffed at BJP not extending any help in their legal fight to get the disqualification quashed by the Supreme Court. Last week, Yediyurappa had allocated Rs 11 crore each to Maski and Hosapete constituencies represented by disqualified MLAs Pratapgouda Patil and Anand Singh from Kalyana Karnataka Development Board funds.
Sources said the government has released funds to all 17 assembly segments ranging from Rs 10 crore to Rs 25 crore. “Both Maski and Hosapete were given funds after cancelling allocations to other segments made by the HDK government,” said a source. Those from Bengaluru got funds from the Nava Bengaluru scheme. According to a source, the government has released the highest amount for Hosakote constituency represented by MTB Nagaraj.
As bypoll looms disqualified MLAs get huge grants from BSY govt