BJP will win not less than 150 seats in the upcoming assembly elections. The party will sweep the polls along with bagging two seats in Kodagu, predicted former Chief Minister and BJP State President B S Yeddyurappa.
Speaking at the Parivarthana rally in Madikeri on Wednesday, he said that Congress will not get more than 70 seats this time.
Accusing the Congress-led state government of insulting the warriors of Kodagu by observing Tipu Jayanti, he said that 3,615 farmers have committed suicide during the tenure of Siddaramaiah. There were 6,521 murders and 19,382 cases of sexual assault on women while 4,759 children have gone missing in the state and these figures are provided by the government itself. Karnataka has been converted to 'Tughlaq durbar', he said.
The former CM also pointed out that the budget could not be presented when there are only three months to go for elections, as per the law.
MP Shobha Karandlaje said that eying the elections, the government is partnering with SDPI and PFI. She also said that cases against SDPI and PFI workers are withdrawn by the government.
'CM is behind state bandh'
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is behind the bandh call given by some organisations on Mahadayi issue on January 25, alleged BJP State President B S Yeddyurappa.
Addressing reporters, he said that BJP national president Amit Shah is arriving at Mysuru to take part in the BJP conference on Thursday and the Chief Minister is indirectly supporting the bundh because he wants the conference to be hindered. The Bundh call has also been given on February 4, the day of the Prime Minister's visit to Bengaluru. There are vested interests behind these bandh calls, he said and added that by taking part in these conferences in large numbers, BJP workers will thwart the CM's plans.
Yeddyurappa accused the Chief Minister of making a foul play in Mahadayi issue. "As the state government did not solve Mahadayi issue at the right time, I wrote to Goa CM. Also, the reply by the Goa CM was conveyed to the farmers. But, the Congressmen asked farmers to stage a protest in front of the BJP office. Minister M B Patil and KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao were behind the protest", he said and urged AICC President Rahul Gandhi, Soniya Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to clarify their stance on Mahadayi issue. If not, the BJP will give a bundh call on the day of Rahul Gandhi's visit to the state, Yeddyurappa said.
'Demand CBI inquiry'
He further demanded a CBI inquiry into the sand import case. The Tamil Nadu Government is paying Rs 925 per tonne of sand imported from Malaysia while Karnataka Government is paying Rs 2,300 for the same sand, he alleged.
BJP state secretary Manu Muttappa, ZP president B A Harish and district BJP president B B Bharatish were present among others.