BJP national president Nitin Gadkari has called upon party activists to change the future of the State by ensuring that the party captured power in the 2014 Assembly elections.
Addressing a party convention, ‘Nava Chaitanya Sadassu' here on Monday, he said BJP was now in power in several States, including Karnataka and had also recently emerged victorious in the Bengaluru Municipal Corporation. “Can it be repeated here… we can do it, nothing is impossible”, he observed and exhorted the cadres to work towards achieving the goal.
He told the activists to visit every village and take up agitations on people's issues. Charging the ruling party with deceiving the people, he said although irrigation projects needing an investment of Rs. 80,000 crore were started, there was no money to execute them. Similarly, the welfare schemes like providing scholarships to students were pending.
Bill on Telangana
Reiterating that BJP would extend support if the UPA Government introduced a bill in Parliament on formation of Telangana State, Mr. Gadkari said his party strongly favoured creation of smaller States.
Former BJP national president, M. Venkaiah Naidu told workers to create awareness among the people that BJP was a party with a difference. If returned to power, it would ban religious conversions, implement uniform civil code, ensure that Lord Rama's temple was built at Ayodhya and combat terrorism and Maoist insurgency with an iron hand.
State BJP president, G. Kishan Reddy urged party men to organise agitations on various hardships faced by the people and strengthen the organisation from the grass-roots. Accusing the Government of diluting welfare programmes due to paucity of funds, he said BJP must emerge as an alternative to both Congress and TDP as they lost credibility.
Senior BJP leaders Bandaru Dattatreya, K.Laxman and K. Haribabu also spoke.