As he prepares to step down as Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa said on Saturday (July 24) that he has faced numerous challenges since taking office, but he is satisfied that he has made genuine efforts to improve the lives of the people.
The Chief Minister also expressed his pride in having given back to the people of Shivamogga district and his Shikaripura constituency by ensuring their overall development.
He was speaking from his home office in Shivamogga district, where he had virtually inaugurated projects worth Rs 1,074 crore and laid the groundwork for several projects worth Rs 560 crore.
“I am pleased that we have made every effort in the last two years to develop the Shivamogga district. The projects that are being inaugurated are proof of this.
I am proud to say that through all-round development, I have made sincere efforts to repay the people of Shivamogga district, particularly Shikaripura taluk, which gave me political birth “According to Yediyurappa.
“From the day I took office as Chief Minister until now, I have had to deal with a number of challenges, including natural disasters that the state had never experienced before, as well as the corona pandemic, which has claimed many lives.
There is once again a flood-like situation “Yediyurappa took note.
“I’m satisfied that despite all these (challenges), I’ve been able to take steps to improve the living standard of the people and their financial position,” he said, adding that he had spoken to Deputy Commissioners of eight districts, including Shivamogga, and directed them to take up relief and rescue work. I want to thank the people for their support as we face these challenges.”
In an indication that Monday may be his last day in office, Yediyurappa recently stated that he will begin “his work” on July 26 based on the instructions that the central leaders will give him on July 25.
On July 26, his administration will complete its second year in office.
Yediyurappa, who began his political career as Shikaripura’s Purasabha president, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly from Shikaripura in 1983 and went on to win eight times from there.
B Y Raghavendra, the Chief Minister’s elder son, represents the Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency.
Yediyurappa expressed confidence that the irrigation projects undertaken in the district would change the financial situation of the farmers in the days to come, citing various initiatives on infrastructure development, irrigation works to provide water to farms, and filling up of lakes in Shivamogga, among others.
Noting that work on the Shivamogga airport at Sogane village was underway, he stated that the Rs 384 crore airport is viable for operating Airbus aircraft and would benefit neighbouring districts in terms of tourism, industries, and job creation.
He added that the airport will open for business in April of next year.