Dictatorial attitude of Congress driving away allies, says Ananth Kumar

Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary Ananth Kumar has said that the dictatorial attitude of the Congress was leading to the disintegration of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, while the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was getting stronger.

He was speaking to presspersons at Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar’s residence before starting his door-to-door campaign here on Tuesday.

Mr. Kumar said since the Congress didn’t know the ‘Maitri Dharma’, the allies were moving away.

He said the UPA government was not in a position even to handle a few allies, whereas the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had efficiently handled as many as 24 parties.

Mr. Kumar said that during the UPA regime, inflation had soared and people were facing hardships. He said the NDA was getting stronger with support from the Lok Dal and the Trinamool Congress.

Terming the statement of Janata Dal (United) leaders on Narendra Modi as personal opinions, Mr. Kumar said Mr. Modi was a strong leader.

He expressed confidence that the BJP would return to power in the State.

He said the rebellion within the Congress over the allotment of party ticket would affect the party’s prospects in the elections.

Calling Rahul Gandhi a “failed leader”, Mr. Kumar said Congress candidates lost wherever Mr. Gandhi had campaigned.