BJP president Amit Shah today alleged that the Siddaramaiah government’s move to accord separate religious minority status to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats was aimed at preventing B S Yeddyurappa from becoming Chief Minister of the state.
“This Siddaramaiah government has brought this proposal, not because it has love for Lingayats, but to prevent Yeddyurappa from becoming Chief Minister,” Shah said while addressing a Coconut Growers Convention in Tiptur.
The BJP president is on two-day visitt of election-bound Karnataka.
“I want to tell Karnataka people that if BJP wins a majority, we will make Yeddyurappa Chief Minister,” he added.
The BJP president reminded the audience that the proposal as rejected by the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government at the Centre in 2013.
He alleged that the latest move of Siddaramaiah govt was only aimed at creating confusion among people.
Shah, however, expressed confidence that the people of the state would not be enticed by Siddaramaiahs “divide-and-rule politics.”
Congress President Rahul Gandhi should first point fingers at Siddaramaiah for dividing people before accusing BJP of it, Shah said.
He also likened Siddaramiahs divide-and-rule politics to that of the British. “The Congress ship is sinking and to save it,the Congress is making its last efforts, and what it is doing? It is making efforts to divide people.”
“The Congress Chief Minister is playing divide-and-rule politics of the British,” he said. Shah also criticised the Siddaramiah government for not bringing in the proposal earlier.
“The Siddaramaiah government has proposed to accord religion and minority status to Lingayats, but why did it not do it earlier? Because that time, there was no need for gaining votes,” he said.
He also launched a scathing attack on the Siddaramaiah government for failing to prevent farmers suicides in the state. “In five years of Siddaramaiahs rule as many as 3,781 farmers committed suicides. I want to ask the government, who is responsible for these suicides?” he asked.
Shah said suicides in Congress-ruled states are always on the increase, whereas it dwindles in BJP-ruled states like Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. “In BJP-ruled states farmers suicides are nigh to nothing.
Wherever the Congress rules, the suicides of farmers increase, but decreases in BJP-ruled states.”
“If you vote Yeddyurappa to become Chief Minister, I assure you farmers suicides will come to a halt,” he said.
Yeddyurappa is considered a Lingayat strongman. The state cabinet had recently decided to recommend to the Centre to accord religious minority status to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats, in a move seen as an attempt to chip away at the BJPs strong Lingayat voter base.