BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the Congress government in Karnataka of indulging in votebank politics and being anti-Hindu as he called upon people to choose BJP for robust development in the poll-bound state.
Addressing a public gathering Chitradurga as part of BJP’s ‘Karnataka Parivartan Yatra’, Shah slammed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for giving a free hand to Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI) which has been accused of murdering of Hindu activists in the state.
“This government (Karnataka) is doing vote bank politics, it is an anti-Hindu… They have withdrawn all cases against SDPI, which is an anti-India organisation,” Shah said in his address
He further questioned the Union government efforts to ensure development in the state.
“I have come to answer the CM’s question on what has centre done for Karnataka… In 13th Finance Commission under UPA Rs.88,583 crore was allocated for Karnataka, under our government, the state got Rs.2 lakh 19 thousand crore,” he said.
“But where did all the money given by the centre go? Did it reach your village? Look for a Congressman in your village, 5 years back what used to be a thatched house will now be a huge four-storey house with an expensive car parked in front,” he said further.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief landed in the state on Tuesday night to up the ante against the ruling Congress by infusing some vigor into the ongoing 79-day yatra that he flagged off on November 2, 2017.
The rally will culminate on January 28 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address. Party’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa will also be present along with top party leadership.
Shah held a strategy session with state unit leaders, party legislators, MPs, and office-bearers to prepare for the polls on Tuesday and gave them a 23-point formula to strengthen its grassroots-level organisation through micro-management.
The BJP is going all guns blazing to oust the Congress from the big state, which sends 20 or more MPs to the Lok Sabha. The 224-seat assembly is likely to go to polls in May and the BJP has set itself a target of 150 seats.
The BJP is planning to launch a two-front attack on the incumbent Congress with Shah along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is actively campaigning in the state for weeks, consolidating Hindu votes while Modi, with a blitzkrieg of rallies in the last stage, will woo the urban voters.
The Congress and the BJP had won 122 and 40 seats respectively in the last assembly polls.