KARNATAKA

BJP will win 14 seats in first phase in State: Yeddyurappa

Sharing a thought: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa with Minister Krishna J. Palemar at an election meeting in Moodbidri on Thursday.

Sharing a thought: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa with Minister Krishna J. Palemar at an election meeting in Moodbidri on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Eswarraj

Staff Correspondent

MOODBIDRI: Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will win in 14 of the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies where elections were held in the State on Thursday. He claimed that he has received reports to this effect.

Addressing a gathering here during his series of election campaign programmes at various places in Dakshina Kannada on Thursday, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that of the remaining 11 Lok Sabha constituencies which would go to polls on April 30, the BJP would win in eight or nine constituencies.

Beginning his speech with reference to “dharma” he said: “If ‘dharma’ survives, the country will survive. If country survives the ‘dharma’ will survive.” He called upon all voters to exercise their franchise on April 30.

Referring to the party fielding Nalin Kumar Kateel as its candidate for Dakshina Kannada constituency, he said that Mr. Kateel was an ordinary party worker. His selection indicated that the party recognised the work done by an ordinary worker. It showed that it was ready to send a common party worker to the Lok Sabha. The party had done this experiment in Dakshina Kannada by choosing Mr. Kateel as its candidate.

Mr. Yeddyurappa alleged that the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) were two faces of the same coin. Both the parties had arrived at mutual agreement while fielding their candidates for this Lok Sabha election. He alleged that the Congress was a divided house and that its leadership was in crisis.

NSG unit

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Union Government often wrote to the State Government alerting about the possibility of terrorist strikes in Bangalore. Though the State Government has requested it to house a unit of National Security Guards (NSG) there, the Centre had not heeded the request. “The Union Government is not co-operating with us in this regard,” he alleged.

The Chief Minister claimed that he would take the State forward before the term of the State government came to an end. “I will retire from politics if I don’t give the administration which even my opponents will be able to appreciate,” he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government had plans to curb corruption in administration.

It will be disclosed after the election process was over.

He said that 5.50 lakh families had been benefited in the State after the government implemented Bhagyalakshmi scheme.

Earlier, the Chief Minister participated in a road show on an open jeep on the main road in Sullia town.

After leaving Moodbidri, he addressed public meetings at Puttur, B.C. Road and at Thokkottu Junction.

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