After LS results, BJP, JDS to keep up momentum for ZP, TP elections

Even in the Assembly session, we will break the arrogance of the Congress together,” said BJP state chief B Y Vijayendra.
Union ministers V Somanna, HD Kumaraswamy, Pralhad Joshi and Shobha Karandleje being felicitated by BJP leaders, including former CM BS Yediyurappa, state chief BY Vijayendra and LoP R Ashoka at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on Saturday, June 22, 2024.
Union ministers V Somanna, HD Kumaraswamy, Pralhad Joshi and Shobha Karandleje being felicitated by BJP leaders, including former CM BS Yediyurappa, state chief BY Vijayendra and LoP R Ashoka at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Photo | Express)

BENGALURU: Having tasted success with the alliance in the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP and JDS leadership on Saturday blew the poll bugle for the BBMP and ZP, TP polls.

These elections are crucial to strengthen the key bases of both parties across the state and gives an indication that they are likely to continue their alliance up to the next Assembly polls in Karnataka. Both parties vowed to keep up the momentum to snub the ruling Congress which has also been making preparations for the upcoming elections.

The felicitation event organised by the state BJP unit for the 19 NDA MPs, including five ministers, at Palace Grounds was a testimony to the future political endeavour of the two parties with the BJP top brass apparently giving a go ahead for the continuation of the alliance.

“Zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat elections, which empower party workers, will come next. It should be handled responsibly. Let’s all work hard. Even in the Assembly session, we will break the arrogance of the Congress together,” said BJP state chief B Y Vijayendra.

He said he will embark on a statewide tour after the Assembly session to organise the party for the future polls. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given five central ministerial posts to the state and they, along with the MPs, will pay attention to the work that needs to be done for the state,” he said.

BJP Central Parliamentary Board member and former CM B S Yediyurappa said the BJP-JDS alliance should work in coordination for the BBMP, ZP and TP and gram panchayat elections. “We should show our strength by winning these together with the JDS,” he said.

Yediyurappa said the Congress’ “false” guarantees, corruption, mismanagement and lack of development should be highlighted with the people. “Despite promising false guarantees aimed at bigots, the Congress could not attain double digit of seats in the LS polls,” he said.

Union Minister of State for Railways and Jal Shakti V Somanna said the alliance will work out in the ZP, TP polls as leaders of both parties will work out the seat sharing matrix amicably.

Leader of opposition R Ashoka felt that the hike in the fuel prices will prove a death knell for the ruling Congress in the state.

Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Pralhad Joshi said the LS poll results have given a clear slap to the Congress government, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and DCM D K Shivakumar, within just a year of the Assembly elections. “Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar should have resigned in light of the Maharshi Valmiki Development Corporation scandal. We have to work hard to remove the corrupt, anti-Hindu Congress government,” he said.

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