Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Friday was in the home state of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, where a message was sent across to the latter that his “time” has come to an end and he would be mistaken if he thought that saffron ideology could be stalled by unleashing violence against BJP and RSS workers. On his fourth round of visit to Karnataka, where the upcoming elections have already heated the situation, Shah asserted that the chief minister and JDS would receive “biggest shock of their lives” from Mysuru in the upcoming polls.
Today, Amit Shah, at a press conference raised the issue of separate religious status for Lingayats and said that it is a strategy to stop veteran leader BS Yeddyurappa from becoming the chief minister of the state. He said the Siddaramaiah government “wants to polarise Lingayat votes but the community is aware of it. BJP will make its stance clear after polls”, as reported by news agency ANI. He was talking on the issue of Karnataka approving recommendation of separate religion for Lingayats.
Shah is presently covering the districts of Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Mandya and Ramanagara, where BJP had not won even a single seat in the previous election. The principal challenger to the ruling Congress is JDS in these districts. Referring to his gaffe at Davanagere earlier this week, Shah said though he had committed a mistake in his speech while referring to Siddaramaiah’s corruption, people of the state would not do the same because they knew Siddaramaiah’s rule well.
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“Siddaramaiah and Rahul Gandhi were very happy over my gaffe while speaking about Siddaramaiah’s corruption. I had made a mistake, but the people of Karnataka will not make it because they have understood Siddaramaiah’s government very well,” he said. In a slip of the tongue at a press conference at Davangere while attacking the Siddaramaiah dispensation as the “most corrupt” one, Shah had said the Yeddyurappa government would get the number one award in corruption.
He had, however, corrected himself after being prompted by BJP MP Prahlad Joshi, who was seated next to him. Shah also accused Siddaramaiah of playing with Karnataka’s pride by not celebrating the “jayanti” of noted Kannada poet Kuvempu or renowned engineer Sir M Vishveswaraiah. “Siddaramaiah only remembers to celebrate the jayanti of Tipu Sultan (the 18th-century ruler of Mysore) to get votes,” he said.
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Shah also met the Wadiyar royal family of Mysuru yesterday at their private palace, triggering speculations about their supporting or joining the BJP. According to sources, during the closed-door meeting with the scion of the royal family or the present titular Maharaja-Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Rajamata Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, Shah reportedly discussed various issues, including politics.
Amid speculations in the media, Yaduveer, the 27th “King” of the Wadiyar dynasty, recently ruled out his political entry. “I have told several times that I’m not interested in politics. There is no chance at all about me joining any party. I’m not interested in politics. Through social work we will continue our relationship with the public,” he said.
Shah also said that his party, if voted to power, would make efforts to hunt down the killers of RSS and BJP workers in Karnataka and hand out severest of punishment to them. “I would like to tell the people of the state that Siddaramaiah’s time has come to an end. Soon after BJP forms the next government under Yeddyurappa’s leadership, it will make all efforts to hunt down killers (of RSS and BJP workers) from any corner of the world,” he said.
News credit: Timesnow