Launching the BJP’s Jana Sankalpa Yatra, set to cowl central and north Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday focused the Bharat Jodo Yatra, saying it was not meant to unite the nation or profit the poor, as claimed by the Congress, however at “relaunching the political profession” of its chief Rahul Gandhi.
“Why is Rahul Gandhi finishing up his stroll? He desires to re-establish himself in politics. It’s a stroll for relaunching Rahul Gandhi. The individuals who have deliberate the Bharat Jodo Yatra preserve claiming that they need to relaunch Rahul Gandhi. They aren’t strolling for the nation or for the poor and backward,” Bommai stated, addressing a rally as a part of the Jana Sankalpa Yatra within the Raichur area.
Initially deliberate as a collection of public rallies to focus on the achievements of the BJP’s tenure in Karnataka, the Jana Sankalpa Yatra is now being seen as a counter to the Bharat Jodo Yatra, which entered the poll-bound state on September 30 and is supposed to spend 21 days right here, and has been drawing spectacular crowds.
Over this present week, because the Congress yatra travels via a few of Karnataka’s most backward districts, together with Raichur and Ballari, the BJP’s two fundamental leaders within the state — CM Bommai and former CM B S Yediyurappa — may also maintain rallies within the area. The realm has a excessive inhabitants of Scheduled Castes and Tribes, amongst whom the Congress has historically loved a robust base.
Not like the Congress march, which is a padyatra (on foot), although, the BJP yatra will see leaders heli-hopping or travelling by street to websites of rallies.
Bommai denied that the Jana Sankalpa Yatra was a counter to the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. “We are going to speak about our programmes and attempt to win the (2023) elections. There isn’t any connection in any way between the Bharat Jodo Yatra and Jana Sankalp Yatra,” the CM stated, earlier than leaving Bengaluru for the rally in Raichur.
They hoped to inspire BJP employees via the rallies, Bommai stated. “The rallies shall be mounted by native employees and there shall be two to 3 small features other than a fundamental conference every day. On the features, beneficiaries of varied authorities schemes shall be felicitated… We aren’t in any respect bothered concerning the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The folks know very nicely about who’s hooked up to them and who’s indifferent. The yatra has no significance.”
In his speech on the Raichur rally, Bommai targeted his assault on former CM Siddaramaiah – who is taken into account to be a frontrunner of Dalits, backward lessons and minorities within the Congress – saying the veteran was “squandering his self-respect” by participating within the rally.
“Siddaramaiah calls himself a socialist, however the day he joined the Congress, he buried the socialist in him. I really feel embarrassed by the truth that Siddaramaiah has to now dance to the tune of a younger boy (Rahul Gandhi). He has to run when advised, sit when advised and stroll when advised. This isn’t an indication of self-respect. They’re prepared to do something to regain energy,” Bommai stated.
In movies to come back out of the Congress yatra, Siddaramaiah was seen operating together with Rahul for a stretch, adopted by an analogous video of his rival and Karnataka Congress chief D Ok Shivakumar.
Bommai stated the Congress will quickly lose the help base it enjoys among the many backward lessons and Dalits on account of his authorities’s latest choice to boost reservation for SC/STs by a complete of 6%.
“He (Siddaramaiah) is claiming that the improved reservation for SC/STs is a call of the Congress. What’s their contribution? They’ve been in energy for 50 of 60 years, and once they had been in energy, they had been knowledgeable that the inhabitants of SC/STs has elevated, the variety of communities has elevated, and reservations ought to be elevated… however they didn’t take a call,” Bommai stated.
“Their contribution to the state is creating welfare programmes within the identify of Bhagyas, and stopping the welfare of SCs,” the CM stated. (The assorted populist schemes of the Siddaramaiah authorities had been known as Bhagyas — Anna Bhagya was free rice, meals grains; Krishi Bhagya was for farmers; Shaadi Bhagya was for marriage of Muslim ladies, Danta Bhagya was to supply dentures to the aged.)
“The Dalits have left them, the backward lessons have left them and the Congress is now left with solely the minorities. When he (Siddaramaiah) was in energy, he didn’t keep in mind the Dalits or the backward lessons, and now they’re coming to Raichur to arrange for the padyatra of their prince. They’re afraid folks won’t collect, and so he’s coming to make sure there are crowds,” the CM stated.
On Tuesday, Siddaramaiah was in Raichur for preparatory conferences for the Bharat Jodo Yatra, forward of its arrival within the area.
Yediyurappa additionally attacked Siddaramaiah in his speech, saying: “Within the coming session (of the Meeting), we’ll expose all of the corruption of the Siddaramaiah authorities.” He raised the controversy over a watch worn by Siddaramaiah and accused him of freely giving property value crores to the true property sector in his time.
Evaluating the Congress leaders to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yediyurappa stated: “He (Siddaramaiah) doesn’t have the qualities required to even sit on the ft of PM Modi… This baby Rahul Gandhi can also be criticising the PM. The Congress has stooped very low.”
Yediyurappa stated the Jana Sankalpa Yatra would grow to be a victory march. “This yatra will proceed until we win 150 seats, and we won’t relaxation until that is completed.”
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