KARNATAKA

`BJP getting ready for mid-term polls in State'

D.H. Shankaramurthy says his party is confident of securing majority this time

Correspondent

CHIKMAGALUR: D.H. Shankaramurthy, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, said here on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was gearing up for mid-term elections in the State and was confident of securing a majority.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Shankaramurthy said politics in the State was taking a new turn. Referring to a statement by Water Resources Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge calling for elections, he said members of the coalition Government are criticising one another as they have no achievements to declare. He told the Government to perform or quit.

He said leaders of his party have formed several teams and are touring the State to inform the people of the misdeeds of the Government and to strengthen the rank and file of the party. He said a rally would be held in Bangalore on October 28 to draw attention to the plight of slum dwellers and the socially and economically backward classes.

He said L.K. Advani, BJP president, and Narendra Modi, Babulal Gaur and Raman Singh, Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkand, will participate in the rally.

Regretting that the administration in the State had collapsed, Mr. Shankaramurthy criticised the Government's handling of the flood situation.

Terming the Government's recent turnabout on its decision to take over the management of the Sri Krishna Temple in Udipi as an attack on Hinduism, he criticised the Government for trying to create a division between the followers of Sri Krishna and Kanakadasa to gain political mileage.

He criticised the coalition partners for organising rallies in different parts of the State. Calling upon the Government to govern and produce results, he said organising rallies was the Opposition's job. He said the Government was facing a financial crunch which was evident from the fact that teachers have not been paid their salaries for the past three months.

A.G. Kodige, senior vice-president of the State unit of the party, said the country was witnessing a strange phenomenon wherein the Left parties who are allies of the Union Government were criticising its policies and organising strikes.

Stating that neither the State nor the Union Government had a common minimum programme for the welfare of the people, he said their one-point programme was keeping the BJP from coming to power. He said those who were calling the BJP communal should also specify the status of the Muslim League which was part of the Government.

C.T. Ravi, M.P. Kumaraswamy and V. Sunil Kumar, MLAs, and M.K. Pranesh, president of the district BJP unit, were present. The leaders later addressed a party workers meeting.

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