Political slugfest to intensify as BJP, Cong yatras gain pace

Political slugfest to intensify as BJP, Cong yatras gain pace

A pitched yatra political slugfest is in store between the Congress and the BJP for the next one month.


The BJP has constituted teams to monitor the two Congress yatras - one already underway led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and another to be led by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara from December 21. BJP's Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivarthana Yatra led by its state president B S Yeddyurappa has already covered nearly one third of the state in a bid to woo the electorate ahead of next year's Assembly polls.


The motive behind the BJP keeping a close watch on the Congress yatras is to politically hit back at statements made against the party and its leaders and also counter claims of achievements of the state government. It is learnt that BJP workers have also been told to attend the Congress' conventions to get a sense of the mood and pulse of the people. They are to report to the BJP headquarters with their feedback, party sources said.


The BJP leaders are of the opinion Siddaramaiah's month-long yatra to highlight the achievements of his government, during the last four-and-a-half years, is in response to the "good" reaction of the people to the BJP's Parivarthana yatra. They also feel that the state government has been monitoring the BJP yatra through its intelligence machinary.


The yatra war has already resulted in sparks flying between the two national parties. Yeddyurappa calling Siddaramaiah "bachcha"(kid) in Bengaluru evoked an immediate response at the inauguration of the chief minister's tour launch at Basavakalyan in Bidar. The Uttara Kannada violence led to leaders making charges and counter-charges at both yatras of the Congress and the BJP.


Siddaramaiah's month long tour will end on January 13, while the BJP has planned a mammoth convention in Bengaluru on January 28, which will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark the conclusion of Parivarthana yatra.

 

 

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