BENGALURU: Lambasting the state government for the murders of Hindu activists and raise in crime rate in the state, union minister of home affairs Rajnath Singh assured that persons responsible will be brought to book if BJP is elected to power.
Speaking at the Parivarthana Yatre rally, here on Sunday, he said that Hindu activists such as Rudresh, Kattappa and Paresh Mesta were killed in the state. "Gauri Lankesh was also murdered in the state. What is the state government doing? If BJP comes to power, we will go to the bottom of it. Nobody will be spared," he said.
He said that Congress was pursuing the politics of 'divide and rule' and setting fire in the state. "If someone is trying to set a fire in the state and benefit from it, then it is the Congress. BJP is trying to douse the flames," he said. Criticising the state for deciding to celebrate Tipu Jayanthi, he questioned why the state government decided to fiddle with such a controversial issue. "The state government is raising such issues to divide people. Why can't the government celebrate freedom fighters such as Kittur Rani Chennamma or engineers such as Sir M Visvesvaraya," he said.
Karnataka, he said, was among the three most corrupt states in the country. Scams such as the Steel flyover scam, garbage scam, disbanding Lokayukta and others have affected the state, he said.
Strong steps are not being taken to curb crime and corruption in the state. "I assure you that if B S Yeddyurappa is elected to power, all goonda elements will and criminals will be put behind bars," he said. Honest officers are forced to commit suicide or resign from their posts due to the state government," he added.
Confident of victory
Ahead of the counting of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, he expressed confidence over BJP's victory in both the states. Speaking at Parivarthana Yatre rally, he said, "The results of Gujrat and Himachal Pradesh will be out tomorrow (Monday). BJP will clearly win a majority in both the states," he said.
State BJP president, B S Yeddyurappa criticised the Nava Karnataka Yatra of Siddaramaiah. Under his watch, Yeddyurappa reiterated that Bengaluru has declined from 'IT city' to 'Rape City'. The crime rate is in an upward spiral in the state, he said.
He added that state was spending Rs 600 crore of government money for publicity ahead of Assembly elections.