BJP to step up campaign against Siddaramaiah
The BJP's Karnataka unit on Tuesday announced a 36-day statewide campaign to "expose the misdeeds" of the Siddaramaiah government and assess the drought situation which the ruling Congress has "failed" to tackle effectively.
Terming the Siddaramaiah dispensation as the "most corrupt" and the "worst ever", the BJP's state unit President B S Yeddyurappa told reporters that the campaign will begin on May 18 at Tumkur with the party embarking on a mass contact programme.
"This is the most corrupt government in the country. The state stands at the bottom in terms of law and order," he said and accused Siddaramaiah of being "nonchalant" towards the misery of people hit by the worst-ever drought in the last 30 to 40 years.
Yeddyurappa claimed that 6,521 murders have been reported in the last four years and 1,200 farmers have committed suicide in the last one year while the state is slipping in rank on all parameters concerning development.
The government is also "neck deep" in corruption, he alleged.
Asked about the Chief Minister's remark that the state BJP leaders have no "moral right" to talk about graft as they themselves faced corruption charges when in power, Yeddyurappa said, "Siddaramaiah's words command no value."
He said the state's debt burden has mounted to Rs 1,28,361 crore in the last five years compared to Rs 46,190 crore during the BJP rule in the state.
The state government has also renamed several schemes of the Centre, like providing free gas connection to BPL card holders under the 'Ujjwala' programme and is touting those as its own achievement, the BJP leader said.
The campaign will conclude at Vijayapura in north Karnataka on June 29, he said, adding, it will "expose the tissue of lies" being peddled by the Siddaramaiah government.
Yeddyurappa said the party will assess the drought situation during the campaign and get a first-hand information about relief measures.
He also said the party will get a survey done to know which candidates can be considered for being fielded for the assembly polls due early next year. "The BJP is confident of achieving its mission of securing 150 plus Assembly seats (out of 224)," Yeddyurappa said.
Telangana BJP in mission mode to gain power in 2019
The BJP is on a mission mode to gain power in Telangana after the 2019 state polls and the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is its 'Brahmastra' for the electoral battle, state party chief K Laxman said on Tuesday.
"This 'Brahmastra' is more powerful than an atom bomb.
This 'Brahmastra' is in the form of Modi.
We will release this 'Brahmastra' in 2019," Laxman said at a 'Meet the Press' programme organised by Telangana Journalists' Union.
He expressed confidence that the visit of BJP national president Amit Shah to Telanagna for three days from May 22 would impart a greater momentum to the party in Telangana.
Shah would visit Nalgonda district and also address party activists in Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, currently held by AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, he said.
The MIM has been winning the Hyderabad parliamentary seat since 1984.
Shah would interact with booth level party workers and also people belonging to different sections in Nalgonda district to strengthen the BJP from the grassroot level.
The BJP chief would also attend a community lunch in Nalgonda district, Laxman said.
After Shah's visit, the BJP workers would go to every village and convey the good work of the Modi government in every household, he said.
Laxman claimed that BJP is the only alternative to TRS.
He said the people's confidence in Congress and TDP waned after some MLAs of the two parties switched loyalties to the ruling TRS.
Citing the examples of Assam, Haryana and others, the BJP leader said the party can come to power in Telangana though it had not been a formidable force in the state.