May 20, 2018

There is a BJP storm, not a wave, in Karnataka

02 May 2018, 12:58 | Rufus Hill

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi

The Siddaramaiah government had recently recommended to the Centre religious minority status for Lingayats and its sub-caste Veerashaiva Lingayats, in an apparent move to cut into the solid vote base of the BJP which has traditionally backed the party.

Similarly wards of a number of Ministers are also in the fray promoting politics of family in the state.

Speaking to media here, Siddaramaiah said, "It is a democracy; we have no personal enmity with Prime Minister Modi".

Referring to Rahul's challenge to face him in Parliament, PM Modi in Santemaranahalli took a dig at the Congress president saying, "He is correct".

He will address 15 rallies in total over a period of just five days.

He also clarified that the BJP will contest the Assembly elections on May 12 alone.

The chief minister also pointed out that the Prime Minister himself had contested from two seats during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "This is nothing but the Kannada version of Congress' dynastic politics", he said.

The MHA comment came after the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's tweet asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to approve the request sent by the state Government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sounded the bugle for the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 in Udupi and launched an attack against the ruling Congress party and accused that the party is preoccupied with "politics of dynasty". "PM repeats the lie of increasing crime rate for political purposes", he said.

Modi will be addressing two more rallies in Udupi and Chikkodi in Belagavi on Tuesday.

State's Ombudsman Justice P. Vishwanatha Shetty, was stabbed in his office by a disturbed man for not getting a government order through a tender. For last 4 years, the Central Government has not appointed a Lokpal.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah has often accused the BJP and the JD (S) of having a tacit understanding, and even claimed that Kumaraswamy had met the saffron party chief Amit Shah, a charge dismissed by the JD (S).

"Manmohan Singh said we will electrify villages by 2009". The issue of a separate flag has been an emotive issue for the Congress-led state government which has been invoking Kannadiga pride and questioning the BJP-led Union government's silence over the issue.

A significant 40 per cent of people believe the Congress is corrupt while almost half of that find the BJP to be most corrupt. "But sadly, Congress never thought about their welfare", he said.

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