KARNATAKA

Sedam for rejuvenating BJP

BANGALORE MARCH 30. The President of the State unit of the BJP, Basavaraj Patil Sedam, has stressed the need for rejuvenating the party from the grassroots level so that it can win a majority of seats in the next Assembly elections.

Speaking at the special executive committee meeting of the party here today, Mr. Sedam said party leaders and workers had to adopt a "winning formula" during the next elections to gram, taluk, and zilla panchayat, and the Assembly.

The workers should expose the "anti-people" policies being pursued by the Krishna Government. Motivation and hard work were essential to build the party from the grassroots level, Mr. Sedam said.

In the recent byelection to the Assembly from Humnabad, the Congress misused official machinery and won the seat, he charged. Mr. Krishna and the KPCC President, B. Janardhana Poojary, campaigned for the party candidate for nearly a week.

The election was very important for Mr. Krishna in view of the Nagappa episode and the Cauvery controversy, he said.

Pointing to the recent violent incidents in Bangalore, Mr. Sedam said the law and order situation had deteriorated. Policemen were mute spectators when some people damaged more than 40 BMTC buses and also private vehicles in the City Market area here. The Government had not taken any action against the miscreants, he said.

For the sake of votes, the Congress was wooing members of minority communities. The State Government had neglected the interests of the majority community. The Government's "wrong" policies and decisions such as release of water to Tamil Nadu and power tariff hike had hit the farmers and common people hard, Mr. Sedam said.

Lauding the performance of the BJP-led NDA Government, he said a large number of workers from the State would participate in a rally in New Delhi on May 25. A function would also be organised here on April 6, the day the BJP was launched in 1980. The party leaders, B.S. Yediyurappa, K.S.Eshwarappa, D.H. Shankara Murthy, Jagadish Shettar, Rukmaya Poojary, and Dhananjaya Kumar were present.

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