Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday said that the ULB polls results proved that the BJP’s support base in the urban areas was dwindling by the day.
“There is a general impression that the BJP enjoys the support of the urban voters. But today’s results prove that the saffron party’s support base is on a decline in the urban pockets. The people have in turn supported the coalition government. Even political analysts will agree to this,” he said, while reacting to the ULP poll results in Bengaluru.
Kumaraswamy also said that the ULB poll results were indicative of the people’s acceptance of the coalition government.
“The BJP has repeatedly accused that the government hasn’t taken off - that nobody visited the north Karnataka districts. I will respond to this soon. I will reveal the districts visited by BJP leaders B S Yeddyurappa, Jagadish Shettar and D V Sadananda Gowda during the first 100 days as chief ministers. Though the JD(S) and the Congress didn’t campaign as extensively as the BJP during the ULB elections, people have supported the coalition government. I thank the people on behalf of both parties,” he added.
Hitting back at his detractors, Kumaraswamy said that his government was here to stay. “Some people are trying to project that there no stability in the government by questioning its longevity. By creating such an impression, they hope that officials will fail to perform their duties effectively, thinking that the government will not last long. But the government very well knows how to take the officials to task,” he said.
Kumaraswamy also took a jibe at the BJP and its leader B S Yeddyurappa for demanding a White Paper on the government’s completion of 100 days in office. “Be it a White Paper or a saffron paper or any coloured paper it wants, the government is ready to furnish it by outlining the government’s achievements and
its financial stability,” he added.
Stating that there was no question of forging an alliance with the BJP in ULBs where there is a hung verdict, Kumaraswamy said that his party would continue its alliance with the Congress. He also said that the two parties together would “sweep” the Parliamentary elections.