KARNATAKA

BJP campaign from August 18 to focus on five issues

BANGALORE, AUG. 14. The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chalked out a series of programmes to "expose" the alliance between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). Six teams of BJP leaders will visit the 175 taluks from August 18 to September 3 to campaign against the coalition Government.

The decision to launch the programmes was taken at a meeting of senior party leaders. Ved Prakash Goel, who is in charge of the party issues in the State and former Union Minister, was present.

Announcing the decision to presspersons here today, the BJP State unit President, H.N. Ananth Kumar, said the party would place before the people five issues that had "halted" development works in the State.

The issues

The issues that needed to be explained to the people were the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam; the rice diversion scam; land grabbing scandal, in which those in the previous government were allegedly involved, according to the BJP; the admissions imbroglio; and non-payment of crop insurance to farmers. Mr. Kumar alleged that the coalition was engaged in covering up the scandals, and projects were being ignored.

He said the BJP had "given enough time" to the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) to improve the functioning of the Government, and it would start pressuring them now. "We are ready for any eventuality," he added.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, B.S. Yediyurappa, also said his party would pressure the coalition to improve governance. He questioned the ethics of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, who, despite writing a 21-page letter on the "land scam," continued to be part of the Government.

`Speed up probe'

Mr. Goel stressed the need to speed up the investigation of the stamp paper racket as it involved politicians from Karnataka and Maharashtra.

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