BENGALURU: With the state government devoting its full time and energy to strike a deal with the JD(S) to come to power in BBMP, the BJP is set to exploit the situation by intensifying its agitation against the government from Monday.
The party’s core committee, which met here on Sunday, chalked out a comprehensive plan to attack the state government over its efforts to “negate the people’s mandate in BBMP which is in favour of the BJP”.
At a joint press conference after the meeting, BJP state president and MP Prahlad Joshi and party national vice-president B S Yeddyurappa attacked the government for its failure to take up drought relief works, and resolve the worsening power crisis.
Joshi said the party will make full use of the social media, SMSes, street protests and rallies to create a public opinion against the “failures of the state government.”
Opposing the inclusion of nominated members in the Legislative Council (V S Ugrappa and Jayamala) and nominated MLA Vinisha Nero in the voters’ list for the mayoral polls, Joshi said his party will take the issue to the court seeking to bar them from voting.
Farm loan waiver, Emergency Session
Yeddyurappa demanded waiver of farm loans obtained from cooperative societies and waiver of interest on farm loans taken from nationalised banks in the backdrop of the severe drought. He accused the chief minister of being irresponsible in addressing the plight of farmers who are committing suicide due to crop loss and debt.
“Siddaramaiah is too busy with BBMP politics and travelling between Bengaluru and Mysuru. He has not bothered to visit the drought-affected areas and oversee the relief works. Even Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda has confined himself to Bengaluru. I have not seen such a shameless and irresponsible government. There is no government in the state ... the government is dead,” Yeddyurappa said.
He also demanded that the government convene an emergency session of the state legislature to discuss the issue of drought and other problems.