The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said that the Bharatiya Janata Party in the State was now free from “corrupt and unscrupulous persons” and back to being a clean and disciplined party. Addressing a State-level meeting of party workers here on Wednesday, Mr. Gowda, who was indirectly referring to the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, said: “There was no need for party workers to feel threatened or demoralised, but face the voters with confidence and high morale.”

The achievements registered during the first four years of the BJP government in the State would certainly bear fruit in the next elections. The workers need to spread out to every village and town and contact workers to rebuild their faith in the party, he said. Earlier, the BJP State president and Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa said a national party like the BJP would not face any threat from new political outfits. He said the party would launch a campaign and conduct State-wide tours to reorganise party workers and elicit voter-support.