BANGALORE: Sounding a clarion call against the BJP government, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) at the launch of its new programme ‘Join Congress and bring change’, called upon the people to take an oath to unseat the state government. Also at the programme, which was launched at Gollarahatti near here on Sunday, the party vowed to end the BJP’s four-year misrule in Karnataka.
It was a broadside against the BJP government with several senior party leaders, including AICC general secretaries Oscar Fernandes, Madhusudan Mistry and B K Hariprasad, Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha K Rahman Khan, KPCC president Dr G Parameshwar, Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa lambasting it for its lapses in governance.
Asserting that the state government had failed on all fronts, KPCC president Dr G Parameshwar said: “The BJP government came to power through illegal means and by hatching conspiracies and backstabbing; it had plundered the state’s resources to remain in power.”
He termed the government’s handling of the drought situation as appalling while chastising its ministers for camping in resorts during the recent Legislature session. He advised party workers to create awareness on the need to oust the “anti-people” government.
Parameshwar alleged that the state government failed to construct houses for the flood affected, despite receiving Rs 2,200 crore as aid from various sources.
“The state government has failed to utilise even half of the Rs 169-crore Central grant under the Calamity Relief Fund. People in over 80 towns and another 500 villages are facing drinking water scarcity... the state lags in the implementation of the MGNREGA,” he added.
“Our doors are open only to those who believe in our policies and the leadership of Sonia Gandhi.”
Speaking on the occasion, AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes exhorted partymen to visit the drought-hit taluks and offer all help to the affected. “It is our duty, responsibility and culture to reach out to those in need,” he added.