Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday launched its poll campaign for the Bangalore city with the slogan “Vote BJP and save Bangalore” and a promise of turning it into a model city. The BJP leaders assured people of Bangalore of setting up a back-up power generation station near the city to cater to the IT capital’s increasing power demand and implementing the Vision 2020 presented by the former President Abdul Kalam for the development of the State, if they were voted to power.

Addressing an election rally organised at the Malleswaram grounds, BJP chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa said the party would come out with a detailed proposal for the city’s development in its Vision Bangalore — a poll promise for the development of Bangalore — to be launched in a couple of days.

Mr. Yeddyurappa blamed the Congress for the city’s infrastructure problems and alleged that the Congress had ignored the city development when it was in power. He called upon people of Bangalore to free the city from the clutches of the Congress and the Janata Dal (S).

BJP general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar said the party would support the demand for operating the HAL airport in Bangalore even after the international airport at Devanahalli becomes operational. He said cities like London and New York too had more than one airport to cater to the increasing air traffic.

He alleged that Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda had tried to block the work on the international airport when he was Prime Minister while the Congress had shown little interest in the project. He claimed that the NDA Government was responsible for commencement of work on international airport.

He said Bangalore, which had 28 Assembly constituencies, would play a key role in deciding which party would form the government in the State.

BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley appealed to the people to give a clear verdict in favour of BJP.

While all the BJP candidates for Bangalore city constituencies were present on the occasion, the party candidate for Pulikeshinagar B.C. Mylarappa was absent.

The party leaders have drawn flak for fielding Mr. Mylarappa, who was dismissed from the Bangalore University.