Budget 2019 – Karnataka state budget

Budget 2019 – Karnataka state budget will be presented by the Chief minister Kuamraswamy today in Vidhana soudha.  The Karnataka budget will be presented at around noon today after legislative party meetings by the Congress, JDS and BJP.

Congress meeting before budget 2019 :

The Congress issued a whip requiring all its lawmakers to accept  by directives, failing which they would be disqualified and banned from contesting polls for the next six years.

Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah also directed four disagreeing Congress lawmakers to attend a Congress Legislature Party meeting today before budget 2019, warning of action as per the anti-defection law.

Kumaraswamy woos rebel leaders with posts before budget 2019:

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has tried to attract the rebel congress leaders with prime positions in the government prior to  the Karnataka Budget 2019.

Among the beneficiaries of this move are lawmakers Pratap Gowda Patil, Basaveshwaranagar Daddal and MA Gopalaswamy. While Mr Daddal has been appointed as chairman of the Scheduled Tribes Welfare Board, Mr Gopalaswamy is the new parliamentary secretary to Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar.

Disgrunted lawmaker Umesh Jadhav — found to be absenting himself from Congress.  He has been replaced by Mr  Patil as the chairman of the Warehouse Corporation.

Congress MLA’s :

The budget 2019 session will be held at 12.32 pm, following legislative party meetings by the Congress, BJP an JDS. Sources said Mr. Jadhav and another dissident, Ramesh Jharkiholi, may be sacked by the Congress today.

As no Congress MLA has resigned from the party so far, the coalition still officially has 118 MLAs in a House with 113 as its halfway mark. Earlier the Congress leadership had exuded confidence that all the party MLAs will be present for the budget 2019.

Citizen’s views on Budget 2019:

Will H.D.Kumaraswamy placate the voters with a lot of sops in budget 2019? With an eye on elections, will the chief minister dole out freebies just like the farm loan waivers? If yes, where will he finance all these goodies?

Voters of other castes will take umbrage if nothing is done to better their conditions. It is indeed a tight-rope walk. Pampering one can vex the other and vice-versa.

In such a precarious situation, H.D.Kumaraswamy’s moves will certainly be scrutinized with the precision of a surgeon. Will the chief minister bait the caste-card or will he fearlessly and assiduously tilt the needle in favor of development not riddled in the chasms of caste in budget 2019?

Highlight of the Budget by HDK

  • Rs.12,650 cr for CORP loan waiver
  • Rs.950 cr for Ayushman Bharath Arogya Karnataka
  • Move to make CET online
  • Technological University at Hassan by bifurcating VTU
  • Rs.20 cr for mango processing units in Ramanagarm dharwad and tomato processing units in Kolar

for Namma Bengaluru

  • Rs.8,015 cr for Nava Bengaluru Kriya Yojane
  • Rs 50 cr for Bengaluru Mobility plan
  • Rs.1,000 cr for elevated corridor
  • Incubation centre to help start-ups
  • Common Commuter Card for Metro and BMTC
  • Construction of Peripheral ring road
  • Extension of Kengeri Metro network
  • Additional loop for Hebbal flyover towards KR Puram
  • 400-tonne waste-toenergy plant
  • Study viability of Metro for Mysuru, Mangaluru Hubballi-Dharwad.

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