She said Mahatma Gandhi's principles should be adopted
Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje became the second leader from the Bharatiya Janata Party in the State, after Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, to participate in the third Bharat Vikas Sangam Kalburgi Kampu, held here on Monday.
The event was dubbed by detractors and the Congress party as a show by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak to bolster the BJP's falling image.
Ms. Karandlaje was supposed to participate in the programme Anubhav Amrit on the inaugural day of the Kalburgi Kampu on December 24, but because she was busy campaigning for the party candidates in the zilla and taluk panchayat elections elsewhere in the State, she had to skip the programme.
However, she was a surprise visitor to the venue of the Kalburgi Kampu on Monday morning.
Ms. Karandlaje, who met patron of the Bharat Vikas Sangam K.N. Govindacharya and its president Basavaraj Patil Sedam at the venue, waited for more than two hours to participate in the Udyog Shakti Sangam, although she was not officially invited.
Ms. Karandlaje said the rulers of the country had conveniently forgotten the principles and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi who stressed on the need to strengthen the rural economy.
“Mahatma Gandhi wanted the cottage industries and the khadi industry to be supported as it provided employment opportunities to the rural youth,” she said.
Ms. Karandlaje said more than 1.5 lakh youth working in multinational companies in Bangalore lost their jobs during the recession and this should be a lesson to those who support the present industrialisation policies.