Former chief minister B S Yediyurappa stated that Congress and JD(S) leaders are consulting BJP leaders and have asked them to merge with their party ahead of Assembly by-elections, legislative council polls and Assembly polls.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the state executive committee meeting on Sunday, Yediyurappa asked party workers not to underestimate the Congress party as their leaders and workers have become active. They have formulated strategies to win the polls. So, the workers must work towards strengthening the party at booth-level, he said.
Yediyurappa added that Modi’s magic could help BJP win the Lok Sabha polls, but not at the Assembly polls. Defeat in the upcoming elections will surely convey a wrong message. So, they must not consider the by-elections as a cakewalk. Workers should come out of the illusion that the Modi wave will help the party win the polls.
“We need to work hard to win both the seats and teach a lesson to the Congress party,” he said.
With utmost confidence and assertion in his voice, Yediyurappa added that BJP will win the Lok Sabha polls and Narendra Modi will become Prime Minister, again. “There is no second thought on this”, he said.
On the temple demolition issue, he said if required, the government would file an appeal in Supreme Court and make an attempt to convince that such orders are not a fair deal. So, workers shouldn’t be dejected over the demolition of temples in the Mysuru district. The government will surely take suitable actions to ensure such incidents are not repeated.
The upcoming year is the year of elections namely zilla panchayat, taluk panchayat polls, legislative council polls for 25 seats – all scheduled for the year to come. Strengthening the party’s actions at the grass-root level is a must. In addition, the SC, ST, and backward class morchas must also be empowered and people from such communities must be brought and made part of the party.
With the sole intention of winning over 140 seats in the next assembly polls, the Shikharipura MLA will tour the state for a month to further strengthen the party. Modi’s programmes must be taken to every household in Karnataka. “Without depending on others, we have to win more than 140 seats. Will Yediyurappa take out statewide tour alone?” he questioned and said, “MLAs, MLCs, office-bearers will accompany him.”
He recalled what former Prime Minister the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee had mentioned in Bengaluru. Yediyurappa quoted Vajpayee, “His government had carried out good work but it was defeated as the workers did not highlight the hard work.” Yediyurappa added, “Going by this past experience, the workers must educate voters about pro-people schemes implemented by the Centre and state governments.”
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, State BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel, BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh, Union Ministers A Narayanswamy, Shobha Karandlaje, Bhagwanth Khuba, MP G Siddeshwar, BJP National Vice-President D K Aruna, former chief ministers Jagadish Shettar, D V Sadananda Gowda, State BJP General Secretary Arun Kumar, District BJP President Veeresh Hanagawadi were present in the meeting.