Power-packed campaigning by BJP for Lok Sabha polls

Power-packed campaigning by BJP for Lok Sabha polls

CM, Home Minister, state BJP president all seek votes

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda waves at students on his visit to Udupi to campaign for BJP candidate Sunil Kumar who is contesting for Udupi-Chikmagalur bypolls. DH PhotoTop leaders of the BJP descended on Udupi, on Thursday to campaign for party candidate Sunil Kumar.

Speaking to the media persons Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said that great injustice has been meted out at the state in the railway budget. The Centre has failed to keep up promises made to the people.  Railway budget has made people to realize that UPA is against Karnataka.

Demands for Yashwantpur-Mangalore-Karwar night train and railway station of international level in Mangalore have been ignored. “We need representatives to raise all these issues effectively in the Parliament. Our candidate is capable of fighting against this injustice”, he said adding that unlike the Congress, which is solely dependent on its leaders, the BJP is dependent on partyworkers. The CM hinted at the possibilities of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa campaigning for BJP candidate.

BJP Chief

BJP State President Eshwarappa said that the booth-level workers of the party have finished three rounds of door- to-door campaign in the constituency. People are supporting the BJP like never before. Almost all BJP leaders have camped in the constituency and are campaigning for the candidate, he said and added that Yeddyurappa is expected to campaign for the candidate soon.

Local issues

Home Minister R Ashok said Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha by poll is absolutely concentrated on the local issues and will have no impact of the political scenario of the country and also the state.He said that the BJP has bright chances of winning as the people in this area are pleased with people-friendly measures taken up by the state government.

He said “layman is not interested in the controversial issues. Rather he is looking at the party which can provide him basic infrastructure facilities and safe livelihood. The programmes of state government have reached every house. BJP is a cadre based party with strong network at local bodies. Congress lacks members at grassroots level. It has many big leaders. However when it comes to the lower levels, there is no one to work for people in Congress”, he said and added that the BJP will take up intensive campaigning over the last few days because these days are very crucial.

Power scarcity

“Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje said state government has taken all measures to see to it that there will be no power scarcity. As many as 2,200 mw power has been generated since BJP came to power. Government is giving additional thrust to conventional sources of energy. Following the central governments directions to every state to produce 200 MW solar energy by 2016, state government has initiated plans to generate 100 MW of solar energy this year.

She said that central government has issued directions to KPCL to procure coal linkage through commercial bidding. The second phase thermal power projects at Raichur, Bellary and first phase at Kudgi is halted owing to the lack of coal linkage. Government is expecting to generate about 500 MW of power in the next two months from different sources, she said. Energy Minister said there will be no compromise when it comes to pollution of the environment.

“Strict directions have been issued to Udupi Power Corporation Limited to rectify the problems concerning flying ash, salinisation es and pipelines within two months,” he said.Pollution Control Board has issued notice to the Company. The clearance certificate issued by Pollution Control Board will be sent to the experts of NTPC before permitting for the second unit, she added.