‘Congress indulging in politics of appeasement’

BJP national joint spokesperson Sudesh Verma accused the Congress of engaging in appeasement politics. A government should not discriminate between Hindus and Muslims, he said.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, he said that appeasement politics is not good for the development of the country. In spite of the murders of more than two dozen Hindu activists in Karnataka, the Congress-led government has not done anything to punish the accused. The government does not belong to one community or caste. “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas”, the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a way to bring citizen-centric development to the forefront.

He said that Karnataka has a golden opportunity to join the rest of the states in the country in terms of development after the BJP wins the upcoming Assembly polls. The welfare schemes initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help the BJP win a decisive majority in the election.

He said that the Opposition parties have been making hollow claims of winning the election. In spite of it, the BJP will have a landslide victory just as it registered in Tripura and other states in the country.

Stating that under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, a total of 10.11 lakh hectares non-agricultural land has been benefited, he said Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has benefited 31.16 lakh farmers in Karnataka.

To help the farmers to know the condition of the soil, including fertility status, salt, micro and macronutrient content, among others, the Central government initiated soil health card programme which has benefited 92.24 lakh farmers in Karnataka as on March 2018.

Those who are attacking the Central Government saying that jobs have plummeted are ignoring the reality of massive expansion in terms of self-employment, infrastructure. Verma said that 95,000 beneficiaries have benefited from the skill development programme of the centre. The Mudra scheme has benefited 1.27 crore people in Karnataka while Entrepreneurship development programmes have benefitted a large section of the people. The silent revolution created with the welfare programmes of the Modi government is translating to support the BJP in the upcoming Assembly election in Karnataka, he claimed.

On arecanut growers, Verma said that the UPA government had made a mockery of the farmers by stating that there is carcinogenic content in arecanut. In spite of releasing grants under 14th Finance Commission, the Congress-government instead of using the amount productively has been engaged in blaming the Centre. On pre-poll survey, Verma said there is a bias against BJP government. The BJP is getting massive support.

BJP leader and Karnataka State Minorities Commission former chairman Anwar Manippady said that the BJP is not anti-minority. During the previous BJP tenure in Karnataka, welfare programmes and funds have been earmarked for the welfare of the minority communities. The Shadi Bhagya scheme of the Congress-led government has not benefited the poor, he added.

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