Yeddyurappa predicts JD(S)-Congress coalition will collapse after Lok Sabha polls

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on April 05, 2019

Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa addressing a ‘Meet the Press’ in Bengaluru on Friday

The Janata Dal Secular-Congress coalition will collapse soon after the Lok Sabha elections, according to Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa.

Interacting with reporters at a ‘Meet the Press’ organised by the Bangalore Reporters’ Guild and the Press Club of Bangalore on Friday, Yeddyurappa said, “Looking at the discontent brewing within the coalition government, I am convinced that it may come to the fore after the elections.”

He claimed that the coalition government has failed to deliver any meaningful policies or governance in the last 10 months, and added that these developments are expected to change the post-poll scenario in Karnataka. “Looking at all these developments, I am sure the people have decided to vote-out the JD(S)-Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha polls,” he said.

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Taking a dig at Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa said that the “Kumaraswamy-led coalition government is a 20 per cent commission government. The evidence lies in the coalition government paying about ₹1,500 crore to contractors even before execution of work orders,” he alleged. Referring to the ongoing Income Tax raids in the State, Yeddyurappa said, “The Income Tax Department is carrying out raids and is not targeting any political party, as alleged by Chief Minister Kumaraswamy.”

He pointed out that BJP leaders were also subjected to these raids and have complied with the IT Department’s orders.

Yeddyurappa said that he is not perturbed over the denial of party ticket to senior BJP leaders like LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Sumitra Mahajan to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

The former chief minister added, “Right now, I am assigned to ensure a victory of BJP candidates in a minimum of 22 out of the 28 seats in Karnataka and will not rest until we ensure victory.” Yeddyurappa, who is the Opposition leader in the Karnataka Assembly, said, “Post elections, I am ready to work as a foot-solider of the party.”

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Listing out the achievements of the government led by Modi in the last five years, Yeddyurappa claimed that people have realised that the government has delivered many of its promises. A proof of this, he said, is the surge in people‘s support for the BJP because of its welfare programmes.

Published on April 05, 2019

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