BJP president Amit Shah today slammed the Congress for trying to disrupt his party’s rally. He said that despite desperate attempt to disrupt the rally, ‘we have managed to hold it’.
He said that the Congress was ‘behaving like it did during Emergency’. “Congress hasn't forgotten its Emergency mindset,” Shah said, challenging Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to stop the BJP from forming government in Karnataka.
He praised BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa for successfully organising the Parivartan Yatra. “Starting from 2 November, the Parivartan Yatra has travelled across 224 constituencies covering 8000 kilometres so far. So, I congratulate Yeddyurappa because no one has organised such a massive campaign for the movement in Karnataka ever.”
Further he accused the Congress government of not passing the benefits of Central government’s scheme to common people.
“The Siddaramaiah government was afraid of giving the people of Karnataka benefits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's schemes,” he said.
The BJP chief also asked the people to vote in favour of the saffron party in the upcoming assembly election.
"From this land of Mysuru, the land of goddess Chamundeshwari, my only appeal to the people of Karnataka is to root out corrupt, malicious and oppressive Siddaramaiah government," Shah said.
“The number of people who will attend Modi's rally on February 4 will make it clear BJP will win the election that will happen in April-May," he added.
He also talked about the rising cases of political killings in the state. He said the next BJP government will bring the killers of BJP, RSS workers to justice.
"I assure you, our 20 workers' sacrifice won’t go in vain. Once we come to power, we will hunt them down even if they are in pataal and send them to jail," he said.
More than 20 RSS-BJP karyakartas have been murdered in the state in last four years but Siddaramaiah government has let the murderers go scot free. BJP government will bring them to justice come what may, after forming the government in the state : Shri @AmitShah #ShahInMysuru pic.twitter.com/6GDER1JgHa— BJP (@BJP4India) January 25, 2018
“The Siddaramaiah government has been non responsive to the killings of 22 workers of the BJP and the RSS in the state. This is complete failure on their part,” he said.
On Triple Talaq, Shah said that Congress party opposed the legislation due to politics of appeasement.
“I want to assure Muslim sisters and mothers that BJP and PM Narendra Modi are committed to passing this bill to do justice to them,” he said.
Congress party opposed the #TripleTalaq bill due to politics of appeasement but I want to assure Muslim sisters and mothers that BJP and PM @narendramodi are committed to passing this bill to do justice to them : Shri @AmitShah #ShahInMysuru pic.twitter.com/GTskrSVSCJ— BJP (@BJP4India) January 25, 2018
Shah also dubbed Siddaramaiah government "a corrupt, malicious and oppressive" regime and asked the people to "root it out" in the upcoming assembly polls.
Siddaramaiah government has crossed all boundaries of corruption, he alleged.
"Does anyone of you here have a watch worth Rs 70 lakh on your wrist here? Your chief minister wears watches worth Rs 70 lakh," he said.
Shah was apparently referring to the controversy in 2016 over Siddaramaiah wearing a luxury watch which JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy had alleged was diamond-studded Hublot which was worth Rs 70 lakh. Subsequently, Siddaramaiah declared it a state asset and handed it over to the government.
Karnataka will go to polls later this year. The tenure of the present Assembly ends on May 28. In the current 225-chair House (one nominated member), the ruling Congress has 123 MLAs whereas the BJP has 44 legislators. The JD(S) of HD Kumaraswamy has 40 MLAs.