Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a promise to decongest Bengaluru in the next 40 months and this has weaved a path for the ruling BJP, that will help in approaching Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and at the same time next year’s assembly elections.
Modi said that he will go into details of infrastructure projects for the capital and that has increased the confidence of BJP legislators and party applicants for the BBMP polls. BJP supporters are looking for a huge opportunity from this step taken by Modi.
Uday Garudachar,BJP MLA said, “Promises are made by every political leader who comes to power, but when PM Modi makes them, people tend to believe it, this automatically has a significant impact on voters and will definitely prove beneficial for us”. Satish Reddy, party chief whip and Bommanahalli MLA, said that PM’s promise also circumscribed the Peripheral Ring Road project. He also added, “Besides the larger issue of decongestion, the PM’s statement also comes in the wake of significant progress being made on completing the PRR, which has been long pending,” Reddy said. “This being the case, Modi’s statement which dwells on details of plans being drawn up to decongest the city will help us immensely in elections.”
However, some officials say the PM’s promise will only be fruitful if there is some proper quantum of funds from the Centre.
Other BJP MLA added, “While larger projects will be spoken about and dwelt upon, wards require regular and equitable allocation of funds to maintain roads and other infrastructure to avoid congestion.”
Meanwhile, Congress put down PM Modi’s statements saying that this is yet another ‘jumla’.
“The PM is known to make such election-centric statements. This is no different, and people know that his words are hollow and do not translate well on the ground. If there was any intent to decongest Bengaluru, then why was the suburban rail project pending for the past 40 months?” said Rizwan Arshad, Shivajinagar MLA.