‘Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivarthana rally’ flagged off
Bharatiya Janata Party National President Shri Amit Shah flagged off the Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivarthana rally, a 75-day Yatra across Karnataka led by BJP State President Shri B.S.Yeddurappa, in poll-bound Karnataka at a huge gathering of leaders and Karyakartas.
Kicking off BJP’s campaign for assembly elections due in 2018 Shri Amit Shah said this Parivarthana Rally is not to change the Chief Minister, not to change the government, not to change the legislators but this is to change the state of Karnataka. He said the aim is to change the plight of farmers and youth, the law and order situation as well as disempowering the Lokayukta in the state, which he said had hit a new low under the Congress government.
Accusing the Congress government in Karnataka of being the most corrupt government in the country, BJP President Shri Shah said the rally will also highlight the shortcomings of the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government, massive corruption and misgovernance during its time.
He said wherever the BJP is in power, be it Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh or Uttarakhand, it has provided exemplary governance and worked for development. Karnataka was not a backward state, but in the past five years development here has come to a halt. All money sent by the Centre has been looted.
The Siddaramaiah government has broken all records of corruption and looted the people of Karnataka, he said. “He claimed that the Siddaramaiah government was more interested in celebrating the birth anniversary of 18th-century ruler of Mysore Tipu Sultan on November 10 than in observing the state formation day on November 1. “By celebrating Tipu Jayanti, they want to indulge in vote-bank politics,’’ Shri Shah said.
BJP State President Shri B.S. Yeddyurappa said he was embarking on the Yatra to “fulfill Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s and party National President Shri Amit Shah’s expectation of getting rid of the Congress from Karnataka’’.
With the Modi government in power at the Centre, if we have a BJP government in Karnataka, we will be able to ensure development,” he said. Our vision is to protect the agriculture sector and the livelihood of the farmer. The income of farmers must double, every village must have water supply, there should be 24-hour power supply. This is the vision of Prime Minister Shri Modi and Shri Amit Shah. We promise to make Karnataka a model state,’ he said.
Shri Yeddyurappa said the rally, in which other senior state and central leaders will also participate, will start its journey from Bengaluru on 02 November, 2017 and is looking to cover all 224 constituencies before returning to the capital city on 28 January, 2018.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who tore into the Congress party during his last visit to the state, will be part of the event to be held on 28 January, 2018 when the 75-day rally returns to Bengaluru he informed.
Shri Yeddyurappa said at least three two-wheelers will make their way from each booth of the party to join large rallies, including the one to be held in Bengaluru. However, the party has been denied permission to hold any such rally or pass through Kodagu district about 250 km from Bengaluru that was listed on its original travel route.
Lakhs of party workers and supporters from across the state gathered in the city to take part in the bike rally and rally in Bangaluru.
A rebel Congress member of the legislative assembly from Channapatna, about 60km from Bengaluru, and an independent MLA from Kudachi, P.Rajeev joined the BJP in Shri Amit Shah’s presence during the rally.
Among others Karnataka BJP President Shri B.S. Yeddyurappa, Union Ministers Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Shri Ananth Kumar, Shri DV Sadananada Gowda, Shri Ramesh Jigijinagi, Shri AK Hegde senior leaders of the Party Shri Jagadish Shettar, Shri K. Eshwarappa and Shri AR Ashok also spoke in the rally.