'People look for devt, not caste or groupism'

“People are craving for development and not caste or groupism in politics,” opined former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda.

Speaking at the inauguration of BJP workers meet, held at Town Hall in Udupi, on Sunday, he said “the UPA government is steeped in corruption. People are tired of caste and groupism in politics and are craving for development oriented politics.”

He gave a clarion call to the BJP workers to get ready to face forthcoming Assembly elections, by presenting the development programmes of the State government.  
“Lot of development works were taken up during the BJP rule. The State government has earmarked Rs 1,000 crore towards the development of the backward classes,” he said.

“As Yeddyurappa has been stating that all the works were carried out by him, there has been confusion in the minds of the party workers. All the development works were carried out as per the decisions taken in the party prior to the election. Hence, the workers need not worry over Yeddyurappa’s claims,” he said.

Later in a press meet, Gowda said that the first list of candidates will be released by January 20.

“The BJP will face the forthcoming elections with leadership. We have also discussed on projecting one leader. There will be a direct fight between the BJP and the Congress in 140 Assembly constituencies. There will be triangle fight between Congress, BJP and the JD(S) in 30 constituencies,” he added.

To a query on Yeddyurappa’s deadline to his supporters to join the KJP, Gowda said “His power has declined in the last six years. Though he had been claiming that he had the support of 70 MLAs, only 14 MLAs had attended Haveri convention.”

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Minister for Ports, Muzrai and Inland Water Transport Srinivas Poojary, MLAs K Raghupathy Bhat, Lalaji R Mendon and others were present.

MLA remains absent

After taking part in KJP convention, Baindur MLA K Laksminarayana remained absent in the convention. When contacted Udupi BJP unit President K Uday Kumar Shetty, he said “owing to health problem, Baindur MLA could not attend the convention.”

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