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Governor’s office ignoring interests of people: Yeddyurappa

‘BJP gaining momentum in the State’

Countdown has begun for Congress,

says Ananth Kumar

BANGALORE: Alleging that “Raj Bhavan has become Congress Bhavan”, the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will launch a Statewide movement against Governor Rameshwar Thakur’s administration shortly.

Mr. Yeddyurappa was addressing a function got up here on Saturday to welcome the Janata Dal (United) leader and MLC, Basavaraj Bommai, and 22 other JD (U) functionaries to the BJP.

Mr. Yeddyurappa alleged that the Governor’s office had been behaving in an arbitrary fashion ignoring public concerns and interests. There were ample instances to cite how the administration had been taking people and the BJP for granted. Mentioning the names of some former Chief Ministers and omitting his name deliberately in the advertisements issued on the occasion of the former Chief Minister, the late Kengal Hanumanthaiya’s birth centenary celebrations was conspicuous, he said.

Stating that the BJP had been gaining political strength and momentum in the State, Mr. Yeddyurappa claimed that he got overwhelming response in 82 traditionally non-BJP Assembly constituencies across the State he visited recently. The party had constituted over 32,000 booth committees throughout the State for strengthening its organisation.

Over one lakh people would join the party in the conventions to be held in Chitradurga and Hubli each, he said.

The BJP general secretary and former Union Minister, H.N. Ananth Kumar, said the Centre had taken steps to hold Assembly elections before May 28 and said the countdown for the Congress had begun in the State and at the Centre.

Tracing the history of BJP’s electoral adjustments with the non-Congress forces in the country, Mr. Kumar said the BJP and the erstwhile Janata Party factions and later with JD(U) ensured the defeat of the Congress in the State whenever they went before people together with electoral understanding.

BJP State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda said the party’s strength had doubled in north Karnataka with Mr. Basavaraj Bommai joining the party.

The party would gain organisational strength and public support for holding the reins of administration in the State.

Mr. Bommai said that he was joining the BJP as he was convinced that only the BJP could ensure security and stand up against “questionable developments and administrative measures” in the State.

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