Special Correspondent

Says price rise will work against the Congress

Terms Janata Dal (Secular) a sinking ship

BANGALORE: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that there was a strong undercurrent in favour of the BJP in the State and soon it would turn into a wave.

Participating in the Padmanabhanagar constituency BJP workers meeting here, Mr. Naidu said the Janata Dal (Secular) was a “sinking ship” and “no wise man would step on to it”.

People were angry with the Congress for increase in the price of essential commodities.

Thus, the Karnataka voters were in favour of the BJP.

Mr. Naidu said that although the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) nominees had served as Bangalore mayors, the city continued to face drinking water problem, traffic congestion, bad roads and lacked basic civic amenities.

Bangalore got several major infrastructure projects such as international airport and monorail during the A.B. Vajpayee regime because of the efforts made by the then Union Minister and Bangalore South M.P. H.N. Ananth Kumar, who brought huge funds for Bangalore development, Mr. Naidu said.

The former Minister and BJP candidate from Padmanabhanagar, R. Ashok, said the Janata Dal (Secular) was against the development of Bangalore and it had tried to scuttle various projects such as metro rail and NICE.