Bharatiya Janata Party National President Shri Amit Shah addressed a huge BJP Parivartan Yatra convention on 10 January, 2018 in Holalkere town, Karnataka. Among others Union Minister for Human Resource Development and BJP election in-charge of Karnataka Shri Prakash Javadekar, BJP National General Secretary and in-charge of the party State Unit Shri P. Muralidhar Rao, BJP State President Shri B.S. Yeddyurappa, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Shri Jagadish Shettar, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Shri K.S. Eshwarappa and other senior leaders also attended the Parivartana Yatra convention.
Choosing Holalkere in Chitradurga district, Karnataka for his first rally outside Bengaluru, Shri Shah tried to reach out to the backward castes people who are in majority in this reserved constituency.
Answering the Karnataka CM’s questions regarding “Centre’s contribution to the State” Shri Shah said, “CM Siddaramaiah ne humse hisaab maanga hai, hum unhein hisaab dene Karnataka aaye hain (The CM has asked for the accounts of the Centre’s contribution, I am here to give the accounts)”.
He said, “Corruption has become rampant at all levels of administration under the Congress rule in the State and now, the people of Karnataka are asking for accounts from you. Where has all the money gone? “
The BJP President said that after BJP-led National Democratic Alliance Government came to power at the Centre, more than three lakh crore has been sanctioned as financial grant to the State under various heads, including 2.19 lakh crore sanctioned as 14th Finance Commission grants and 79,000 crore sanctioned for development works and welfare schemes here.
He expressed the displeasure that owing to corruption prevailing in various rungs of administration, the State government has failed to make proper utilization of funds. He said that the Chief Minister should make public the utilization of three lakh crore funds sanctioned by the Centre.
If you (the people) want to know where the money siphoned off by the Karnataka Congress government, look at the nearest Congress leader in your village. He would’ve constructed a four-floor apartment and has a brand new car in front of his home, whereas five years ago he was staying in a hut and had a Luna,” Shri Shah added.
Referring to the allegations of illegal de-notification of land in the Arkavathy Layout in Bengaluru, Shri Amit Shah said that the State government had tried to push up the case without conducting proper investigation. He said that yielding to pressure exerted from the Opposition parties, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had to declare an expensive wrist watch he had received as gift from a businessman as State asset. It is apparent that the wristwatch was presented to Siddaramaiah for illegal favours he had extended to the businessman. By allowing D.K. Shivakumar to continue in the Ministry after his premises were raided by Income Tax sleuths, Siddaramaiah has set a bad precedence. Shri Shah accused CM Siddaramaiah of large-scale irregularities in the implementation of Anna Bhagya, the Congress government’s flagship scheme.
Shri Shah said, ‘The Siddaramaiah Government is indulging in vote bank politics; it is an anti-Hindu government. The Congress Government has withdrawn all cases against the SDPI, which is an anti-India organisation.’
He said that the incidents of farmers committing suicide have increased in Karnataka after the Congress government came to power. Karnataka people are upset with the misrule of the Congress and they will teach a lesson to the party in the forthcoming Assembly elections, he added.
Development of Karnataka has been stalled since the Congress government came to power. Siddaramaiah government is doing nothing for the people of the state but working for the prosperity of Congress leaders only, he said.
Shri shah said the anger and dissatisfaction I have seen among all sections of the people of Karnataka against the Siddaramaiah government tells me that the countdown of the Siddaramaiah led Congress government’s dethroning has started.
-Shri Shah said, “The CM has asked for the accounts of the Centre’s contribution, I am here to give the accounts”.
-Karnataka had received Rs 3 lakh crore from the Centre.
-‘The Modi Government has increased Karnataka share from Rs 88,583 crore (13th Finance Commission) to Rs 2,19,500 crore (14th Finance Commission)’
-“Corruption has become rampant at all levels of administration under the Congress rule in the State”
-“Now, the people of Karnataka are asking for accounts from you. Where has all the money gone?”
-Under ‘Ujjwala Yojana’, the Centre had provided free LPG connection to 3.33 lakh poor women of Karnataka.
-The incidents of farmers committing suicide have increased in Karnataka after the Congress government came to power.
-Karnataka people are upset with the misrule of the Congress and they will teach a lesson to the party in the forthcoming Assembly elections, he added.
-The Congress Government has withdrawn all cases against the SDPI, which is an anti-India organisation.’