karnataka: Bommai To Tn And T’gana: Get Investments On Your Strengths | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai slammed Tamil Nadu and Telangana ministers for inviting industries to relocate from Karnataka to their respective states citing rising communal rift in the state.
“The negative campaign being launched against Karnataka is not in good taste. Both Tamil Nadu and Telangana are desperate to woo investors as nobody is going there. Their call for industries from Karnataka to move to their states shows they are not getting any investments,” Bommai said here on Friday.
The CM was reacting to Tamil Nadu finance minister Palanivel Thiagarajan and Telangana’s IT and industries minister KT Rama Rao, who had said several industries, especially those in the IT sector, are considering moving out of Karnataka due to the attempts to create a divisive atmosphere.
“The investments come on our strengths, human resource, infrastructure and talented resources. People will continue to invest in Karnataka. Let them develop their states. I have no objection,” Bommai said.
Stating that no amount of negative publicity will come in the way of Karnataka’s progress, Bommai said the very fact that the state got the highest foreign direct investment (FDI) in the last three quarters is in itself a testimony to it. “So the progress of Karnataka will continue and my government will continue to take measures to keep the momentum going,” he said.
Touting their states’ credentials, Telangana IT minister K T Rama Rao in a recent tweet had asked an entrepreneur in Bengaluru to shift to Hyderabad, claiming better physical and social infrastructure there, while Tamil Nadu’s finance minister Palanivel Thiagarajan said his government too is ready to welcome companies that want to move out of Karnataka with disruptive elements vitiating the communal atmosphere in the state.
Opposition leader Siddaramaiah said the state will suffer if the BJP does not stop targeting Muslims. “After hijab, halal and azaan, now it’s the turn of Muslim mango traders. These controversies have led to an uneasy calm in the state,” he added.
Bengaluru roads will improve in a month: CM
Bommai said that the roads in Bengaluru will be improved next month. He was reacting to a tweet by Mohandas Pai, chairman of Manipal Global Education, who expressed concern over the bad roads in the IT city.
Pai on Friday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in addressing Bengaluru’s infrastructure concerns, following which Bommai assured him that there will be large-scale road repair works in the city in the days to come. “Bengaluru paid second highest IT at 1.69 lcr in 21-22, but we are ignored by Delhi! Our roads are bad, traffic sucks, quality of life down ?@narendramodi ?Sir as our PM pl intervene and help,” Pai tweeted on April 7, tagging Bommai, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
Responding to the tweet, the CM said that the extended rainy season had delayed repair work. “But we are at it and you will see further improvement in the next one month. I will speak to Pai personally and address his concerns,” Bommai said.
Karnataka Incomparable
There is a continuous flow of investments. In the last three quarters, Karnataka received the highest investments in the country. Even international investors are coming forward to invest in Karnataka. In the days to come, large-scale investment is expected, and there are big proposals. Let Telangana and Tamil Nadu develop their own states, Karnataka is not against it. No one can stop Karnataka’s progress. I will ensure it by taking all necessary measures.
Basavaraj Bommai | Karnataka CM

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