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Shah dares Siddaramaiah to stop BJP’s ‘march to power’

Our Bureau Mysuru | Updated on January 25, 2018

BJP President Amit Shah being felicitated by its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa and other party workers, in Mysuru on Thursday   -  MA SRIRAM

BJP President accuses Karnataka CM of using bandh to block BJP rally

BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday dared the Congress to stop his party from forming the next government in Karnataka.

Addressing the BJP’s ‘Parivartana Yatra’ in Mysuru on Thursday, Shah said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was responsible for the State bandh over the Mahadayi river-water issue being organised on Thursday, to coincide with his party’s rally. The BJP chief said Siddaramaiah had displayed the Congress’ “Emergency mindset” to stop rallies and other meetings through “undemocratic” means.

“I have come here to challenge the Chief Minister…You can’t stop the BJP from forming the next government,” Shah said, while addressing a gathering at Maharaja’s College Grounds here. He, however, did not elaborate on the party’s strategy for getting Karnataka’s share of the Mahadayi river waters.

Shah said the people of Mysuru had turned up in large numbers despite the bandh call, and this was a befitting reply to Siddaramaiah.

Though the Congress government had allegedly sponsored another Karnataka bandh on Mahadayi dispute on February 4, the day on which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a rally in Bengaluru to mark the conclusion of the yatra, Shah expressed optimism that a large number of people from the entire State would turn up for the event.

He said the yatra, led by the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, had traversed more than 8,000 km, covering all the 224 Assembly constituencies, and had created fear in the minds of the Congressmen.

Refering to the Congress’ celebrations of Tipu Jayanthi in the State, Shah said the BJP does not believe in creating rifts in society and followed Modi’s policy of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”. However, he accused the Siddaramaiah government of following the “appeasement” policy to please “vote banks”.

Shah accused Siddaramaiah of silence on the issue of farmers’ strife in the State despite thousands committing suicide during his reign.

Though the Congress projects itself as a messiah of the Backward Classes, Shah said the party had blocked a Bill introduced by the Centre to give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). Similarly, he said the Congress was opposing the Bill against triple talaq.

However, he vowed that the Prime Minister and the BJP is committed to not only providing constitutional status to NCBC, but also abolish triple talaq and give Muslim women security in their marriage.

Published on January 25, 2018

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