State president B.S. Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party not only observed the occasion of installation of Janata Dal (S)-Congress government on Wednesday as an ‘anti-people’s mandate day’, but also warned the new Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy that a State bandh would be called if he fails to waive farmers’ loans as promised in the pre-poll manifesto.
Participating in the ‘anti-people’s mandate day’ protest in Bengaluru, Mr. Yeddyurappa said it was the responsibility of Mr. Kumaraswamy to implement his party’s main poll promise to waive farm loans of up to ₹1 lakh from both co-operative and nationalised banks, besides those taken from the private sector.
He said the BJP would launch a Statewide protest if the new dispensation failed to follow through. He downplayed the congregation of non-NDA leaders from across the country at the swearing-in ceremony. “People will not accept these leaders and their political platforms. In Karnataka, people will reject the JD(S)-Congress combine,” he declared, and predicted that the coalition would collapse within three months.
Open invitation to Congress MLAs?
The BJP continued its efforts to woo MLAs from other parties on Wednesday. Claiming that 90% of Congress MLAs were upset over the alliance, Mr. Yeddyurappa said the BJP would offer an “open invitation” to “disgruntled” MLAs if they wished to join the party.