Trust vote debacle: 'Moment of embarrassment for Cong govt'

Siddaramaiah tried to buy MLCs in bid to oust Shankaramurthy: BSY

BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa has alleged that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tried to “buy out” MLCs to bring down Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman D H Shankaramurthy.

Addressing the party workers at a convention here on Thursday, Yeddyurappa said, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had to face embarrassment as he failed to garner support to no-confidence motion moved by Congress against Shankaramurthy.

Mega convention
Yeddyurappa said that a mega convention led by veteran leader S M Krishna would be held in Mandya in July. The party leadership would issue a ticket to the winnable candidate after conducting survey and eliciting the opinion of party workers and the people, he said.

He issued stern warning to local police officials for behaving inappropriately when the organisers of the convention approached them to seek permission for the event. “The BJP is making a list of officials who harassed the partymen. We will show them the right place at the right time,” he warned.

He also visited Mandya, Maddur, Pandavapura taluks, addressed the party workers and had breakfast and lunch in the houses of Dalits.

Yeddyurappa kept firing a salvo at Siddaramaiah and the Congress government, but he abstained from making even a mention of JD(S) during his tour in the district.

Protest against BSY
In Maddur, members of Kasturi Karnataka Janapara Vedike staged a protest against Yeddyurappa and raised slogans for not receiving their complaints related to farmers’ issues.

“He is not concerned about the farmers. The tour is just for political gain,” they alleged.

Yeddyurappa’s much-publicised interaction with the slum-dwellers of Tamil Colony turned out to be a platform for only receiving petitions from the residents. The residents of the colony, who had been waiting to share their grievances with the leader, were left disappointed.

Yeddyurappa said that the BJP government had launched works for constructing houses in Tamil Colony. “The issue is now in the court due to the inefficiency of the government which has failed to argue the case properly. If BJP comes to power, suitable action would be taken and permanent shelter provided to the residents,” he assured.

He alleged that Siddaramaiah had hijacked the popular ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme of the Centre. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been giving Rs 30 per kg of rice and wheat at Rs 20 per kg but the state has been projecting it as their scheme,” he said.

Yeddyurappa was accompanied by former MP Tejaswini Ramesh, former IAS officer Shivaram, former minister B Somashekar and others.


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