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KJP’s Chitradurga district convention today

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Yeddyurappa to inaugurate the meet

P. Ramesh, president of the district unit of the Karnataka Janata Paksha, addressing a press conference in Chitradurga on Monday
P. Ramesh, president of the district unit of the Karnataka Janata Paksha, addressing a press conference in Chitradurga on Monday

To strengthen the party from the grassroots level and ensure victory of its candidates in the Lok Sabha elections, the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) district unit has organised a workers’ convention on Tuesday here.

Addressing reporters here on Monday, district KJP president P. Ramesh said the convention would be inaugurated by the former Chief Minister and party State president B.S. Yeddyurappa. KJP State working president Shobha Karandlaje, M.D. Lakshminarayana and district-level leaders would take part in the meet as chief guests. The convention would discuss strategies to make the party’s State-level meet on October 17 in Hubli a success. Around 20,000 party workers and supporters from the district would take part in the convention, he added.

Commenting on the maiden visit of Siddaramaiah, as Chief Minister, to the district on Friday, the former MLA M. Chandrappa stated that some of his assurances had disappointed the people here. “Instead of giving assurances to people on an anti-superstition Bill, the Chief Minister should have promised providing potable water to them,” he said.

According to a study, the district had seen 73 droughts in the last 100 years. This showed the severity of the drinking water crisis in the district and therefore there was a need for a permanent solution to it. “Leaders in the district should pressure the State government to expedite work on the Upper Bhadra project, which would meet the irrigation and drinking water needs of the people,” he added. To a question on the party’s prospects in the district, Mr. Chandrappa said public support for it had grown in recent times. The BJP would have been decimated in the district if Tippareddy had not contested from the party. “Of the total votes polled, the KJP secured 1.53 lakh and the BJP only 88,500, of which Mr. Tippareddy secured over 60,000 votes. This clearly shows the performance of the BJP in recent Assembly elections,” he added.

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