Udupi Dec 20: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) were living under an illusion of forming the government in Karnataka.Dr. Acharya told presspersons that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the State was stable. Asked how many seats the BJP would win in the Legislative Council polls, he said, “We will win a good number of seats and reach double digits this time.” On his meeting with Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Friday, Dr. Acharya said that he met the Governor every Friday to brief him.A few people met Mr. Bharadwaj on December 15 and drew his attention to a Bill seeking a ban on cow slaughter and the Government’s failure to act on the Lokayukta’s report on mining. As regards the Bill, Mr. Bhardwaj reportedly told the delegation that it came under the purview of the legislature.However, there were reports that the Governor was upset over the alleged inaction on Lokayukta’s report on mining. Dr. Acharya had briefed Mr. Bhardwaj about the action initiated by the Government on the report. “Our Government has not issued a single mining licence since coming to power,” Dr. Acharya said.
Asked about the call given by the head of the Pejawar Math to stop work on the 1,015-MW coal-based power plant at Yellur, Dr. Acharya said that since the project had been cleared under the single-window system, there was no need to seek licence from the local gram panchayat.The first unit of the UPCL would be commissioned in April. “A coal-based thermal plant with required safeguards is the safest compared to units working on other sources of energy,” Dr. Acharya said. (Mangalorean)