Lies of the ‘Sidda Sarkara’ unmasked!
         Date: 08-May-2018
Karnataka goes to polls on the 12th of May. The Congress says that it is confident of returning to power in the state owing to its ‘performance’. Congress’ high-voltage campaign has been anchored around Siddaramaiah and his model of governance. The Congress released its manifesto last week amid much fanfare and called its the ‘People’s Manifesto’. While the Congress claims that they have ‘performed as promised’ in the last 5 years, and seeks to be re-elected, it is prudent to scrutinize its 2013 manifesto if they truly performed as promised.
 
While releasing its manifesto I 2013, the Congress had termed it as not just promises but as commitments. They had claimed that the manifesto was not empty promises but has projects that can be implemented in full as it was prepared by a team of experts. The manifesto was released in the presence of the then Minister of Defence AK Antony, Rajya Sabha member Ambika Soni, AICC General Secretary Oscar Fernandes and other leaders of the Congress. A close scrutiny of the ‘commitments’ made by the Congress in 2013 lays bare Siddaramaiah’s much touted ‘performed as promised’ .
 
Congress Manifesto 2013 V/S Reality - A Comparison
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Institute a commission to determine minimum support prices of agricultural products and establish committees in all districts. Rs. 1500 crore earmarked for the purpose.”

 
 
What Happened:
 
The Congress government instituted a commission to determine prices and made one of its own supporter as it chairman. But till date the commission has failed to perform its duty in determining the minimum support prices of agricultural products. In Nov 2017, farmers in Davanagere who had grown Maize in an area spread over 1.75 Lakh Hectares were left in the lurch due to the collapse in the prices of Maize. The price of Maize which was Rs. 1400 per quintal during the last week of October, collapsed to Rs. 1000 by November. Farmers in Raichur which is famous as the Cotton City, suffered from drop in prices of Cotton which fell from Rs. 5000 per quintal to about Rs.3000. Farmers who had invested more in seeding did not even get their investment back. Similar was the case with farmers in Belgaum and Koppal who had grown Onions. In October 2017, Tomato farmers expressed their anger over drop in prices by throwing their produce on the streets. Tomato prices dropped from Rs. 30-40 to less than Rs.10 in the span of one month. Not just this, farmers who grew groundnuts, chili, ragi, Jowar, areca nuts also suffered from drop in prices but neither the commission nor the government did anything to stop the suffering of these farmers.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Construction of drying spaces and godown in every village to help in drying of harvest and storage of agri products”
 
What Happened:
 
At the end of 5 yrs, the government has not provisioned for any drying spaces or proper godowns in villages. Farmers still use the tarmac of the road for drying, which leads to discomfort of vehicle users and had also led to several accidents, especially of two wheelers. Since the project never took off, during the harvest season, the farmers spread their crops on the road. The government has been silent over their failure. Farmers have protested at several places in the state but the government which claims to have walked the path is still sleeping.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
Steps will be taken to waive off loans of areca nut farmers who suffered losses due to Yellow leaf disease as per the recommendations of the Gorak Singh committee.
 
What Happened:
 
Nothing has happened on this front and it seems the Congress govt has completely forgotten the areca nut farmers. The farmers have lost faith in the state government and have written letter to the central govt over the issue. In June 2017, Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress, a wing of Congress itself organized a massive rally in Tumkur against the govt for neglecting the issues faced by Areca nut farmers.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“A permanent corpus of Rs. 15,090 crores natural calamities fund exclusively to provide relief to farmers either due to flood or drought and other natural calamities.”
 
What Happened:
 
There has been no news about the creation of such a fund. But the farmers who have suffered due to natural calamities have not received any relief. For example in Tumkur, the govt had declared that farmers who suffered due to draught will be compensated at Rs.6500 per acre. But what the farmers received in reality is shocking! While one farmer received Rs.500 another received Rs. 1500 in a thoroughly unscientific manner. A farmer in Channapatna taluk received Rs.1 as compensation. Likewise, thousands of farmers across the state have received Rs. 1 as relief for their loses due to natural reasons. The government unable to control the ire of the farmers blamed linking of Aadhar and tried to escape from its responsibility.
 
So what exactly happened to the thousands of crores which Siddaramaiah quotes in his speeches as being provided to farmers as compensation?
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Committed to provide clean drinking water to every village and town within 5 years. Establishment of Lake Rejuvenation Corporation for improving lakes and stop encroachments”
 
 
What Happened:
 
This is the 5th summer during Congress rule. People in thousands of villages still struggle to get potable water to this day. For example, people in Chincholi village have to cycle more than 3 KMS every day to fetch water from a canal. While small towns too suffer from lack of water supply, large city like Bengaluru has been neglected by the Congress government. A recent study of ADB and World Bank estimates that Bengaluru might go dry in another decade. It also says the Bengaluru which supports 17% of the population of the state, will be 2nd in the world among cities facing acute water shortages.
 
The government has not even acknowledged the reports but has been relentlessly releasing ads in newspapers over its achievements in achieving self-sufficiency in water! The minister for water resources MB Patil was more interested in creating a new religion than solving water issues of the state.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Strengthen and start new projects to harness solar and wind power in the state”.
 
What Happened:
 
While nothing notable was done for 4 years, a large Solar park was hurriedly inaugurated in Pavagada taluk recently. This project which was in built in complete co-operation with the Solar Energy Corporation of India was being projected as a independent project of Siddaramaiah and MB Patil! The ads released over the solar park inauguration had images from another country.
 
Online applications were solicited for establishing 330 Solar electricity generation units of 1-3 Mega Watt capacity on farm lands. It was advertised that 9 units would be given for organization/trusts, 50% units for those from the SC communities, 21% for STs and 220 units for common farmers. However, the entire online process ended in just 7 minutes!
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“A comprehensive plan for sand mining and implement the same”
 
 
What Happened:
 
The biggest beneficiaries of the sand mining mafia have been ministers of the Congress. A son of the PWD minister himself was accused to be the kingpin of the sand mafia. Officials were threatened or transferred as per the whims and fancies of this mafia. Consequently, nothing has happened on this front and sand mafia thrives in the state to this day. The government also went ahead to import sand and came forward to sell it through MSIL, a government body. A tender for this was given to a company that did not exist few months ago. This episode happened when just a few months were left for the elections. Since it is known that there were no takers for imported sand, it is anybody’s guess as to where the money went.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Effective management of city waste, refine it to be used as fuel, manure or other purposes”
 
What Happened:
 
Contractors linked to the Congress party run the roost in waste management in the cities. More than Rs.200 crores is being spent on waste management through service providers. More money has been spent on purchase of garbage trucks than the market price. More money has been sanctioned as salary for pourakarmikas than the number on rolls. Same vehicles have been used in different wards but billed separately. Such corrupt practices have been rampant in many cities of Karnataka. Despite the tall promises, garbage is seen all across Bengaluru and other cities.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Will take measures to ensure that no government schools are closed. Govt schools will be improved”
 
 
What Happened:
 
7 government schools have shutdown in Bengaluru alone due to shortage of funds for maintenance of buildings and grounds. This was informed by the education minister Tanvir Sait himself in the assembly. 15 government schools have been closed in Ramanagara district. Mahatma Gandhi Govt Model Higher Primary school in Udupi which had a history of 132 years was shut down permanently due to the neglect of the government. Similarly, hundreds of government schools have shutdown all across the state. Siddaramaiah who plays the Kannada pride card often, has yet to answer as to why maximum no.of Kannada government schools have been shut down under his regime.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Free bus passes to students till 50 kms. Compulsory educational school trips for students of government schools and provide monetary support for the same”
  
What Happened:
 
Free bus passes were given only to SC/ST students thereby segregating even young minds on the basis of caste. The compulsory educational trips were provisioned only for minority and SC/ST students. Caste politics of Siddaramaiah did not leave out the young impressionable minds too. Several students and parents protested such discrimination but the government has been nonchalantly issuing ads over its achievements in the education sector.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Create text book syllabus to reflect social harmony, moral values and in interest of the nation.”
 
What Happened:
 
State governments Text book syllabus has been altered as per the whims and fancies of Siddaramaiah’s coterie. The hatred Congress has for Gujarat has been reflected int he text books too. Gujarat has been left out of the list of top electricity producing states. Earlier chapters of Narmada valley have been removed. Image of Rani Laxmi Bai on horse with sword has been replaced by one that reduces her stature. The Aryan-Dravidian myth has been reinforced again. What kind of national interest is this?
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Establish surgery units, health care units for pregnant women, diabetes, dental care and dialysis centers along with 200 bed hospitals in every taluk. Medical colleges and speciality hospitals in every district.”
 
What Happened:
 
Contracts to run dialysis centres have been given to organizations owned by the CM’s son and relatives of many ministers. Corruption has started at the CM’s doorstep in this case. Hundreds of newborns died in Kolar, which is the native district of the Health Minister Ramesh Kumar. Despite this, the conditions in district hospitals have been as pathetic as before.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Start air connectivity to boost tourism at Bijapur, Ballary, Chitradurga, Hasan and create basic amenities for tourists”
 
What Happened:
 
Not one airport has been built in any of these cities. Less said the better about other tourism related claims in the manifesto. Tourist spots remain neglected. For example, tourists suffer from traffic jams of upto 3-5 kms near Jog Falls every season but the government hasn’t done anything to mitigate the issue.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Improve conditions in hostels run by social welfare department. Provide all basic facilities in all hostels”
 
What Happened:
 
The house of Social Welfare minister Anjaneya himself was the center of a sting operation which exposed the ‘business of commission’ in the government. His wife was caught demanding a commission of Rs. 7 Lakhs for granting tender for providing food in the hostels. The congress government even takes commission from the food of SC/STs! There have been reports of irregularities to the tune of Rs. 19 crores in purchase and supply of bed and pillows for these hostels.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Conduct detailed review of all WAKF properties and legally transfer the properties to respective Wakf boards”
 
What Happened:
 
Forget survey and release of encroached Wakf properties, the government was even reluctant to make public the report by Anwar Mannippady who was the president of the minority development board. The reason being, many of the top Congress ministers like Mallikarjun Kharge, Dharam Singh, CK Jaffar Sharief, Rehman Khan, CM Ibrahim, Kamrul Islam, Roshan Baig were mentioned as encroachers in the report. This is how the Congress govt has not even left the properties of Muslims which it claims to champion.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Strengthen police administration and traffic management systems”
 
 
What Happened:
 
This promise was more of a cruel joke on the police. This is because upright officer Mallikarjuna Bande was killed by Rowdy Munna under this very regime. It was for the first time that the police resorted to mass protest and boycott to register their disappointments over the way they were treated and neglected.
 
DYSP Ganapathy named minister KJ George in a video declaration before committing suicide. The same minister was reinstated by Siddaramaiah after a brief drama of resignation. Similarly, able women officer DYSP Anupama Shenoy resigned in protest against the high handedness and interference from the government. A constable who fired on a cattle smuggler thinking that he was a naxal suffered tremendous mental torture during this regime.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Establish godowns and cold storage units in each grama panchayats and near agri markets. ”
 
What Happened:
 
Farmers themselves claim that they have not seen one such cold storage unit in their vicinity. The government had said that if the farmers themselves construct such storage units, they will be compensated. But there has been no record of any such compensation to any farmer.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Establish a Mahila Co-operative Bank and expand it to every district and taluk headquarters. Rs. 200 crore initial corpus will be set aside for the purpose. ”
 
What Happened:
 
Not one co-operative bank has been started by Siddaramaiah’s government. Women in every taluk are still searching for any support from the government. The one in Belgaum was started due to the initiative by BJP MP Prabhakar Kore.
 
Congress Manifesto said:
 
“Take all measures to create conducive environment for investors in the state. Establish Karnataka as the top investment destination”
 
 
What Happened:
 
The government over the 5 years was not able to provide basic requirements of the investors in various fields and consequently many companies started to move out of the state. Last year, the state received proposals for investment of Rs. 152118 crores in the state. The state government failed to utilize this huge investment proposal and was able to turn only Rs. 2455 crores into projects. But Siddaramaiah’s govt has released ads claiming to be the top investment destination in the country. Nothing else can be far from the truth.
 
 

Congress Manifesto 2013 V/S Reality - A Comparison (In Tabular Form)

What Congress Manifesto promised

Reality after 5 years

Institute a commission to determine minimum support prices of agricultural products and establish committees in all districts. Rs. 1500 crore earmarked for the purpose.

The Congress government instituted a commission to determine prices and made one of its own supporter as it chairman. But till date the commission has failed to perform its duty in determining the minimum support prices of agricultural products. In Nov 2017, farmers in Davanagere who had grown Maize in an area spread over 1.75 Lakh Hectares were left in the lurch due to the collapse in the prices of Maize. The price of Maize which was Rs. 1400 per quintal during the last week of October, collapsed to Rs. 1000 by November. Farmers in Raichur which is famous as the Cotton City, suffered from drop in prices of Cotton which fell from Rs. 5000 per quintal to about Rs.3000. Farmers who had invested more in seeding did not even get their investment back. Similar was the case with farmers in Belgaum and Koppal who had grown Onions. In October 2017, Tomato farmers expressed their anger over drop in prices by throwing their produce on the streets. Tomato prices dropped from Rs. 30-40 to less than Rs.10 in the span of one month. Not just this, farmers who grew groundnuts, chili, ragi, Jowar, areca nuts also suffered from drop in prices but neither the commission nor the government did anything to stop the suffering of these farmers.

Construction of drying spaces and godown in every village to help in drying of harvest and storage of agri products

At the end of 5 yrs, the government has not provisioned for any drying spaces or proper godowns in villages. Farmers still use the tarmac of the road for drying, which leads to discomfort of vehicle users and had also led to several accidents, especially of two wheelers. Since the project never took off, during the harvest season, the farmers spread their crops on the road. The government has been silent over their failure. Farmers have protested at several places in the state but the government which claims to have walked the path is still sleeping.

Steps will be taken to waive off loans of areca nut farmers who suffered losses due to Yellow leaf disease as per the recommendations of the Gorak Singh committee.

Nothing has happened on this front and it seems the Congress govt has completely forgotten the areca nut farmers. The farmers have lost faith in the state government and have written letter to the central govt over the issue. In June 2017, Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress, a wing of Congress itself organized a massive rally in Tumkur against the govt for neglecting the issues faced by Areca nut farmers.

A permanent corpus of Rs. 15,090 crores natural calamities fund exclusively to provide relief to farmers either due to flood or drought and other natural calamities.

There has been no news about the creation of such a fund. But the farmers who have suffered due to natural calamities have not received any relief. For example in Tumkur, the govt had declared that farmers who suffered due to draught will be compensated at Rs.6500 per acre. But what the farmers received in reality is shocking! While one farmer received Rs.500 another received Rs. 1500 in a thoroughly unscientific manner. A farmer in Channapatna taluk received Rs.1 as compensation. Likewise, thousands of farmers across the state have received Rs. 1 as relief for their loses due to natural reasons. The government unable to control the ire of the farmers blamed linking of Aadhar and tried to escape from its responsibility.

So what exactly happened to the thousands of crores which Siddaramaiah quotes in his speeches as being provided to farmers as compensation?

Committed to provide clean drinking water to every village and town within 5 years. Establishment of Lake Rejuvenation Corporation for improving lakes and stop encroachments

This is the 5th summer during Congress rule. People in thousands of villages still struggle to get potable water to this day. For example, people in Chincholi village have to cycle more than 3 KMS every day to fetch water from a canal. While small towns too suffer from lack of water supply, large city like Bengaluru has been neglected by the Congress government. A recent study of ADB and World Bank estimates that Bengaluru might go dry in another decade. It also says the Bengaluru which supports 17% of the population of the state, will be 2nd in the world among cities facing acute water shortages.

The government has not even acknowledged the reports but has been relentlessly releasing ads in newspapers over its achievements in achieving self-sufficiency in water! The minister for water resources MB Patil was more interested in creating a new religion than solving water issues of the state.

Strengthen and start new projects to harness solar and wind power in the state

While nothing notable was done for 4 years, a large Solar park was hurriedly inaugurated in Pavagada taluk recently. This project which was in built in complete co-operation with the Solar Energy Corporation of India was being projected as a independent project of Siddaramaiah and MB Patil! The ads released over the solar park inauguration had images from another country.

Online applications were solicited for establishing 330 Solar electricity generation units of 1-3 Mega Watt capacity on farm lands. It was advertised that 9 units would be given for organization/trusts, 50% units for those from the SC communities, 21% for STs and 220 units for common farmers. However, the entire online process ended in just 7 minutes!

A comprehensive plan for sand mining and implement the same

The biggest beneficiaries of the sand mining mafia have been ministers of the Congress. A son of the PWD minister himself was accused to be the kingpin of the sand mafia. Officials were threatened or transferred as per the whims and fancies of this mafia. Consequently, nothing has happened on this front and sand mafia thrives in the state to this day. The government also went ahead to import sand and came forward to sell it through MSIL, a government body. A tender for this was given to a company that did not exist few months ago. This episode happened when just a few months were left for the elections. Since it is known that there were no takers for imported sand, it is anybodys guess as to where the money went.

Effective management of city waste, refine it to be used as fuel, manure or other purposes

Contractors linked to the Congress party run the roost in waste management in the cities. More than Rs.200 crores is being spent on waste management through service providers. More money has been spent on purchase of garbage trucks than the market price. More money has been sanctioned as salary for pourakarmikas than the number on rolls. Same vehicles have been used in different wards but billed separately. Such corrupt practices have been rampant in many cities of Karnataka. Despite the tall promises, garbage is seen all across Bengaluru and other cities.

Will take measures to ensure that no government schools are closed. Govt schools will be improved

7 government schools have shutdown in Bengaluru alone due to shortage of funds for maintenance of buildings and grounds. This was informed by the education minister Tanvir Sait himself in the assembly. 15 government schools have been closed in Ramanagara district. Mahatma Gandhi Govt Model Higher Primary school in Udupi which had a history of 132 years was shut down permanently due to the neglect of the government. Similarly, hundreds of government schools have shutdown all across the state. Siddaramaiah who plays the Kannada pride card often, has yet to answer as to why maximum no.of Kannada government schools have been shut down under his regime.

Free bus passes to students till 50 kms. Compulsory educational school trips for students of government schools and provide monetary support for the same

Free bus passes were given only to SC/ST students thereby segregating even young minds on the basis of caste. The compulsory educational trips were provisioned only for minority and SC/ST students. Caste politics of Siddaramaiah did not leave out the young impressionable minds too. Several students and parents protested such discrimination but the government has been nonchalantly issuing ads over its achievements in the education sector.

Create text book syllabus to reflect social harmony, moral values and in interest of the nation.

State governments Text book syllabus has been altered as per the whims and fancies of Siddaramaiahs coterie. The hatred Congress has for Gujarat has been reflected int he text books too. Gujarat has been left out of the list of top electricity producing states. Earlier chapters of Narmada valley have been removed. Image of Rani Laxmi Bai on horse with sword has been replaced by one that reduces her stature. The Aryan-Dravidian myth has been reinforced again. What kind of national interest is this?

Establish surgery units, health care units for pregnant women, diabetes, dental care and dialysis centers along with 200 bed hospitals in every taluk. Medical colleges and speciality hospitals in every district.

Contracts to run dialysis centres have been given to organizations owned by the CMs son and relatives of many ministers. Corruption has started at the CMs doorstep in this case. Hundreds of newborns died in Kolar, which is the native district of the Health Minister Ramesh Kumar. Despite this, the conditions in district hospitals have been as pathetic as before.

Start air connectivity to boost tourism at Bijapur, Ballary, Chitradurga, Hasan and create basic amenities for tourists

Not one airport has been built in any of these cities. Less said the better about other tourism related claims in the manifesto. Tourist spots remain neglected. For example, tourists suffer from traffic jams of upto 3-5 kms near Jog Falls every season but the government hasnt done anything to mitigate the issue

Improve conditions in hostels run by social welfare department. Provide all basic facilities in all hostels

The house of Social Welfare minister Anjaneya himself was the center of a sting operation which exposed the business of commission in the government. His wife was caught demanding a commission of Rs. 7 Lakhs for granting tender for providing food in the hostels. The congress government even takes commission from the food of SC/STs! There have been reports of irregularities to the tune of Rs. 19 crores in purchase and supply of bed and pillows for these hostels.

Conduct detailed review of all WAKF properties and legally transfer the properties to respective Wakf boards

Forget survey and release of encroached Wakf properties, the government was even reluctant to make public the report by Anwar Mannippady who was the president of the minority development board. The reason being, many of the top Congress ministers like Mallikarjun Kharge, Dharam Singh, CK Jaffar Sharief, Rehman Khan, CM Ibrahim, Kamrul Islam, Roshan Baig were mentioned as encroachers in the report. This is how the Congress govt has not even left the properties of Muslims which it claims to champion

Strengthen police administration and traffic management systems

This promise was more of a cruel joke on the police. This is because upright officer Mallikarjuna Bande was killed by Rowdy Munna under this very regime. It was for the first time that the police resorted to mass protest and boycott to register their disappointments over the way they were treated and neglected.

DYSP Ganapathy named minister KJ George in a video declaration before committing suicide. The same minister was reinstated by Siddaramaiah after a brief drama of resignation. Similarly, able women officer DYSP Anupama Shenoy resigned in protest against the high handedness and interference from the government. A constable who fired on a cattle smuggler thinking that he was a naxal suffered tremendous mental torture during this regime.

Establish godowns and cold storage units in each grama panchayats and near agri markets.

Farmers themselves claim that they have not seen one such cold storage unit in their vicinity. The government had said that if the farmers themselves construct such storage units, they will be compensated. But there has been no record of any such compensation to any farmer.

Establish a Mahila Co-operative Bank and expand it to every district and taluk headquarters. Rs. 200 crore initial corpus will be set aside for the purpose.

Not one co-operative bank has been started by Siddaramaiahs government. Women in every taluk are still searching for any support from the government. The one in Belgaum was started due to the initiative by BJP MP Prabhakar Kore.

Take all measures to create conducive environment for investors in the state. Establish Karnataka as the top investment destination

The government over the 5 years was not able to provide basic requirements of the investors in various fields and consequently many companies started to move out of the state. Last year, the state received proposals for investment of Rs. 152118 crores in the state. The state government failed to utilize this huge investment proposal and was able to turn only Rs. 2455 crores into projects. But Siddaramaiahs govt has released ads claiming to be the top investment destination in the country. Nothing else can be far from the truth.