BJP State president and former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa lashed out at Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, accusing him of using ‘money and muscle power’ to win the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing a party workers gathering in the city on Sunday, Mr. Yeddyurappa said the audio clippings purported to be conversations between two JD(S) supporters shown in a section of the media were indication they were spending nearly ₹150 crore to win the Mandya parliamentary constituency alone.
“The audio indicates that such an approach is not confined to Mandya alone but is being adopted in Tumakuru and Hassan as well. But Mr. Kumaraswamy is living in a fool’s paradise if he believes that money and muscle power alone can help win elections,” said Mr. Yeddyurappa.
He claimed that the BJP on its own would win more than 300 seats across the country, while in Karnataka the party was sure to pick up at least 22 of 28 seats.
“Mark my words, the ruling coalition of the Congress-JD(S) will not last after the Lok Sabha election results are announced on May 23 and the government will collapse,” he said. He added there were atleast 20 MLAs in the ruling coalition who refuse to accept the Chief Ministership of Mr. Kumaraswamy.
The BJP National General Secretary Muralidhar Rao said Mr. Kumaraswamy had questioned the patriotism of the Indian Muslims and insulted them by stating after the surgical strike on terrorist infrastructure at Balakaot in Pakistan, that such actions will hurt the sentiments of the Muslims in the country.
“This betrays his mindset and since the Congress – which supports the JD(S) in Karnataka – has not condemned the statement, it is that party’s opinion as well,” said Mr. Rao. “Both Kumaraswamy and AICC president Rahul Gandhi are from different parties but they have similar mindsets,” he added.
He also hit out at National Conference president Farooq Abdullah for mooting the idea of a separate PM for Jammu and Kashmir and said that such a view did not augur well for the unity of the country. He also criticised the Congress for being silent on this matter.
Mr. Rao said there was no unity among the coalition partners in the Mahaghatbandhan as each leader aspired to be a PM.
BJP candidate from Mysuru parliamentary constituency Pratap Simha said the Centre had contributed to the development of transport infrastructure of Mysuru which would lead to better connectivity and help in the industrial development of the region.
About 30 Congress workers and local leaders from the Krishnaraja block joined the BJP in the presence of Mr. Yeddyurappa.