'Those who lack confidence contest from 2 seats'

'Those who lack confidence contest from 2 seats'

"Chief Minister Siddaramaiah might have an intelligence report that he cannot win in the Chamundeshwari constituency, and therefore it is being said that he may contest from other constituencies too," said Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar.

Those who lack self-confidence contest from two constituencies, and this practice is not good, as by-elections have to be conducted if one wins both the seats, he noted.

After attending the BJP's Foundation Day programme here on Friday, Mr Shettar told media persons that negative reports about his possible performance in Chamundeshwari constituency might have made Mr Siddaramaiah to think about changing the constituency.

Mr Shettar charged that money was transported in police vehicles, and money was distributed under police protection during Nanjanagud and Gundlupet by-elections.

Now, he said, this is a do or die situation for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and he wants to win this elections by hook or crook. Therefore, he is planning to misuse the government machinery in the elections, by misusing power, just for his prestige issue. The Congress may misuse power, with an intention to retain the power, he charged.

The BJP workers would raise objections for such acts and violation of model code of conduct, by lodging complaints with the Election Commission, he said.

The JD(S) is also facing the question of its survival, and therefore, its leaders are blaming the BJP, he said.

On Lingayat issue

"Divisive politics of Mr Siddaramaiah will boomerang on him, as people know that Lingayat independent religion issue was the brainchild of Mr Siddaramaiah and it was raised just for elections. The proposal was sent in a hurry, just to put the blame on the Union Government if it does not come into being," Mr Shettar said.

In Lingayat-Veerashaiva community, 20% of people belong to Scheduled Caste (SC), while 15% are OBC, who already have reservation facility. What would be their fate, if Lingayats get minority status, he asked.

H-D Central

Reiterating that he would contest from Hubballi-Dharwad Central constituency itself, Mr Shettar charged that his opponents are spreading baseless rumours in this issue.

There is a long list of my works for the development of the City, and present water scarcity is due to the non-cooperation of the State Government, he said.

"Those who are criticising that I have not done anything for the City have not seen the condition here before 1994," he noted.

List shortly

All leaders in the party are being consulted to finalise the BJP ticket, and the first list of candidates would be released within four days. Competition for BJP ticket is more this time, Mr Shettar said.

On the occasion of the BJP Foundation Day, the party workers are visiting each and every household, to tell about the party's programmes and for campaigning, he said.

Mr Shettar also visited a few houses at Laxmi Park area on Gokul Road, and distributed pamphlets. BJP leaders Nagesh Kalburgi, Tippanna Majjagi, Raghavendra Ramadurga, Santosh Chavhan, and others were present.

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