Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman said on Tuesday that the party would win the next Assembly elections and form the government in Karnataka.

Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a lecture organised by the T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) here, Ms. Sitaraman said the budget presented by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had been an excellent one. The State government had been consistently doing good work. It had gone out of its way to help the farmers, especially during the drought situation.

“The State government has been come up with new measures to help farmers. The budget was a good one and it has been received very well. We are confident that we are forming the next government in Karnataka,” she said.

Assembly dissolution

Would the BJP high command take a decision to dissolve the Assembly on account of political uncertainty prevailing in the State, Ms. Sitaraman said: “The State unit of BJP should respond to this question. I will have to find out the high command’s opinion on this. I have come to the institute to deliver a lecture here and I will do that”.

On BJP president Rajnath Singh’s reported comment that the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa leaving the BJP was a loss for the party, she said: “If Mr. Singh has commented, there is nothing more for me as a spokesperson to add to it. That is the final word on it. As a spokesperson, I will stand by Mr. Singh’s view”.

Asked if the party will enter into tie-up with other parties for the Assembly elections, she said that the strategies for the elections would be decided first by the State unit and State leaders. “They will then tell it. There is no point in second guessing it much before”, Ms. Sitaraman said.