Yeddyurappa exhorts party workers for 'mission 150' in 2018 polls

Slams CM for misusing administrative machinery during bypolls

BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa on Monday asked party workers to introspect as to why the party lost in both Gundlupet and Nanjangud Assembly segments in the recently held bypolls.

Addressing party workers here during the thanksgiving programmes organised in Gundlupet and Nanjangud, he ridiculed Siddaramaiah by saying that no leader in the country has ever faced elections like him.

Pointing out that the state government has misused administrative machinery and the council of ministers to win the two seats in the bypolls, Yeddyurappa asked the party workers to stay united to face the general elections in 2018.

Yeddyurappa said that BJP has the support of 33 regional parties and is ruling in 17 states in the country. He sought to know from the chief minister as to whether he knew how many states were being ruled by the Congress? “Where is your leader Rahul Gandhi,” he asked.

“The ministers have not visited any district that has been reeling under drought but were in full attendance during the election campaign in Nanjangud and Gundlupet. Siddaramaiah should be ashamed of running such an administration,” he said. Elections to the two segments were held on April 9 and the results were announced on April 13.

Yeddyurappa said that the Congress has used money like water during the by-elections. “The Chief Minister has no regard for the democratic system. Many from the Congress, including a transport officer, were caught distributing money. What action has been taken against them?” he asked.

Defeated BJP candidate C S Niranjan Kumar thanked the voters for trusting him and for casting their votes in favour of him.

“Despite my defeat, I know that my vote share has increased considerably. So I will not wither under the defeat but will continue to fight for the development of the taluk,” he said.

‘A challenge’
BJP’s candidate V Srinivas Prasad accompanied Yeddyurappa. The BJP state president addressed party workers in Nanjangud and told them to gear up for the general elections in 2018. “I am taking the defeat as a challenge. The party will win 150 seats in 2018 and make Siddaramaiah sit in the opposition,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, former minister Srinivas Prasad said that, “I have lost the election and Siddaramaiah has won. Let Siddaramaiah honestly say how he won the elections. I was surprised to see the systematic conspiracy hatched by Siddaramaiah and his team during the last two days of the bypolls which led to the Congress’ victory. However, I will work with Yeddyurappa during the next elections for ensuring BJP’s victory”.

Earlier in the day, Yeddyurappa visited the family members of Harshal, a 14-year-old boy, who died on Sunday after sustaining burns in a fire caused due to chemical wastes.

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