: Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said the people of Karnataka are upset over the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) rule.

Development has taken the backseat in these years, which is why they want the Congress to form the government, he said. He was addressing an election meeting while campaigning for Congress candidate Raja Venkatappa Naik in Supur town in Yadgir district on Tuesday.

Mr. Kharge accused the BJP leaders of large-scale corruption. He criticised the government of implementing populist projects such as free cycle distribution.

Mr. Kharge called upon party workers to work hard to bring the Congress to power. “We will give a pro-people government in the State again,” he said

Mr. Kharge challenged the BJP to announce its prime ministerial candidate immediately, before they attacked the Congress on the issue.

He also said the Janata Dal (Secular) had no leaders of its own and depended on dissatisfied leaders from other parties.