'History will repeat itself as BJP will meet 2004 fate'

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. File photo

Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his anti-poor policies, Congress legislature party leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday predicted the BJP’s defeat by saying that the party would meet the same fate it did in 2004 when it came out with the ‘India Shining’ slogan.

Siddaramaiah was referring to the defeat of the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, after completing the five-year term in office. The Congress-led UPA government had ascended to power that year.

Siddaramaiah, who was participating in the Meet the Press programme at Bangalore Press said that history would repeat itself for the BJP in the upcoming elections. “The BJP came out with the India Shining slogan in 2004. If India had really shone, then there wouldn’t have been the need for any welfare schemes. History tells us what happened to India Shining. Narendra Modi will also meet the same fate,” he said.

Stating that the BJP would fail to repeat its 2014 performance in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Maharashtra, Siddaramaiah said that Modi will not become the prime minister again, as his party was headed towards a massive defeat.

Taking exception to the BJP criticising Congress’s Nyay scheme, Siddaramaiah said that the very fact that the party was opposing the programme, showed that it was anti-poor.

On the continued differences among the Congress and JD(S) workers and leaders following the seat sharing agreement, Siddaramaiah said that both parties had addressed the problem and that the dissent will abate. “The JD(S) and Congress are traditional rivals in old Mysore region. Hence there are bound to be small differences. But if the problems were unresolvable, then the coalition government wouldn’t have successfully completed 10 months in office,” he added.

Stating that the coalition government would complete its five-year term, Siddaramaiah said that the BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa’s dreaming about sitting on the third floor of Vidhana Soudha will never be realised.

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