Kumaraswamy briefs new entrants on poll campaign
MYSORE: After finalising the party candidates from Mysore and Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha constituencies, former Chief Minister and State president of the Janata Dal (Secular), H.D. Kumaraswamy, on Saturday, held a meeting of JD (S) workers, who were earlier with the Congress, to prepare them for the campaign. He briefed them on the mode of campaigning and issues to be raised during the campaign. Leaders, including former Ministers B.A. Jivijaya and M. Shivanna, who joined the JD(S) recently, and candidates from Mysore and Chamarajanagar constituencies, S.R. Mahesh, Naanaiah and Srikantegowda participated in the meeting.
Addressing the JD(S) workers, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the election was an acid test for the party. It was time for the workers to strive for the victory of candidates so as to teach a lesson to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, that had written off the JD(S). Describing the triumph of the party candidates in the byelection held for three Assembly segments in May as a “moral victory”, he said that similar results were expected in the Lok Sabha elections.
Asking the workers to highlight what he described as divisive politics being practised by the BJP, he said activists of the Sangha Parivar (SP) were attacking women in the name of culture and religion.
Despite the attack on women in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, the Government was not taking action against the culprits. “The Government that refused to withdraw cases booked against farmers, who demanded seeds and fertilizers, withdrew criminal cases foisted against Pramod Muthalik of the Sri Rama Sene, who is spreading communal hatred across the country,” he said.