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I did a lot and continue to do: Veerappa Moily

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 9:00am IST | Agency: dna

M Veerappa Moily, union minister for petroleum and natural gas, is seeking re-election from Chikballapur. Despite anti-incumbency, he is trying his best to get elected to the Lok Sabha from here. He has succeeded in getting senior Congress leader RL Jalappa's support and Bagepalli MLA Subba Reddy (Independent) to better his chances of tasting the success.

He explains his plans for Chikballapur in a brief interview with dna.What is your weakness?I do not have any weakness. I am a man who not only preaches but also practices.What is the good point of your main rival?JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy is my main rival.

He too is a leader more bent up on supporting a single community. We in India politicians supporting all the castes and religious faiths.What does an MP do in Parliament?I know the responsibilities of an MPWill you ever defect?No. I want to remain in Congress.What portfolio are you hoping to get, if you get into the cabinet?In Congress there is an internal discipline.

The party high command decides that. And I am ready to shoulder any responsibility that my party asks me to execute.Do you think the Lok Pal Bill is good?It is good.Do you think women should be in public? Do you support 33% reservation for women in parliament?Yes, I want more and more women should be in public life.

UPA Government has already taken the initiative to ensure 33 per cent reservation for women in the parliament.Do you support controversial changes to law, such as legislation of gay sex?I have to look into it.How should we solve the Kashmir problem?Let the elections are over.How should we settle the border dispute with China?

The UPA government has taken all measures to protect our integrity and sovereigntyAre you aware of what is happening in Afghanistan?Yes. I am aware of it. Are you for foreign direct investment in retail trade?I am not against to foreign direct investment as long as it doesn't affect retailers.What are the hurdles that you still find in solving drinking water crisis in Chikkaballapur constituency?With the foundation stone for Ethinahole laid on March 3, 2014, the work has begun at the sight on the other end. As it is there are no hurdles. In less than 36 months the people of this region can reap the benefit of this unique, historic project. Additionally nearly a crore people of neighbouring districts of Kolar, Tumkur, Bengaluru rural and urban,can also be the beneficiaries of this drinking water project. .




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