Your time has come to end, Shah tells CM in home turf

Your time has come to end, Shah tells CM in home turf

Stepping into the home turf of Chief Minister Sidddaramaiah, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday told him that his "time" has come to an end and he would be mistaken if he thought that saffron ideology could be stalled by unleashing violence against BJP and RSS workers.

Thew BJP chief began his fourth round of visit to the poll-bound Karnataka with a tour of old Mysuru areas, asserting that Siddaramaiah and the JD(S) would receive "biggest shock of their lives" from the region in the Assembly elections scheduled to be held on May 12.

Addressing a BJP convention in the City of Palaces, Shah said: "It is said that the BJP is a bit weak here (Old Mysuru region), but after seeing the work of the party workers, I expect Siddaramaiahji and the JD(S) to get the biggest shock of their lives from this (Old) Mysuru region."

Shah is presently covering Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Mandya and Ramanagaram districts, where BJP failed to win even a single seat in the 2013 Assembly elections. The principal challenger to the ruling Congress in these districts is the JD(S).

Referring to his gaffe at Davanagere earlier this week, Shah said though he had committed a mistake in his speech while referring to Siddaramaiah's corruption, people of the state would not do the same because they knew Siddaramaiah's rule well.

"Siddaramaiah and Rahul Gandhi were very happy over my gaffe while speaking about Siddaramaiah's corruption. I had made a mistake, but the people of Karnataka will not make it, because they have understood Siddaramaiah's government very well," he
said.

In a slip of the tongue at a press conference at Davangere, while attacking the Siddaramaiah dispensation as the "most corrupt" one, Shah had said the Yeddyurappa government would get the number one award in corruption.

He had, however, corrected himself after being prompted by party MP Pralhad Joshi, who was seated next to him.

In Mysuru, Shah also accused Siddaramaiah of playing with Karnataka's pride by not celebrating the "jayanti" of Kannada poet laureate
Kuvempu or renowned engineer and legendary statesman Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya.

"Siddaramaiah only remembers to celebrate the jayanti of Tipu Sultan to get votes," he said.

Later, the BJP chief visited the influential Suttur Mutt seer Shivaratri Deshikendra Swami before meeting the members of the erstwhile royal family at the Amba Vilas Palace.

He held talks with Pramoda Devi Wadiyar and her son Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar.

He also greeted Yaduveer's baby Aadyaveer Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

Shah also had an audience with Siddeshwara Swami of Vijayapura-based Jnanayogashrama at JSS mutt at Suttur and Ganapathi Sachidananda
Swami of Avadhootha Datta Peetha.

He also met the family members of Raju of Kyathamaranahalli, a RSS-BJP worker who was murdered in 2016 by a gang of suspected PFI activists.

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