Political News, State (Bengaluru), November 3:- Chief minister Siddaramaiah is contemplating the idea of organising ‘Janashirvada Rally’, a rally seeking people’s blessings, to counter the moves undertaken by BJP and JD(S) to organise state-wide rallies to garner support for the run up to the 2018 assembly polls.
According to sources, this rally will be driven by the aim of placing the achievements of the Congress government in the state during the last four and half years before the people and seeking their support for another term. This rally aims to cover all 224 assembly constituencies in the state to showcase the might of the party. Siddaramaiah is said to have held a few rounds of discussions about the rally with senior ministers and some legislators. Modalities of the rally are being worked out now.
Reports also said that the concerned ministers and legislators have been asked to prepare a bus with new design like the ‘Panchajanya chariot’ used by the then chief minister, S M Krishna in the past for similar rally but some of them suggest to use smaller vehicles so as not to disturb traffic flows and reduce inconvenience to the people. At his press conference on Thursday, the chief minister dropped broad hints about the upcoming rally, by saying that the Congress will place the government’s achievements before the people and seek their blessings again.
“BJP had on Thursday began their 75 days Parivarthana Yatra. MP Shobha Karandlaje and former deputy CM Ashok had undertaken tour of the state for mobilizing the crowd. But people are not with BJP and therefore, the crowd at their rally was very less. Instead of Parivarthana Yatra, it can better be termed as pilgrimage,” Siddaramiaah said, ridicule the BJP for its failure to attract sizable audience at the launch of the rally.
He said that this has proved that the people of the Karnataka are not with the BJP and that in spite of the herculean efforts put in by its leaders, BJP will fail to get people to back it, he analyzed. Mentioning about the comment made by MP Prahlad Joshi, that the government had stopped people from coming to the BJP rally, he quipped as to how people can be blocked if they never turned up.
Sidaramaiah said that in the past, permission for BJP’s plans of holding bike rally to Mangaluru had been denied as it was meant to create communal tension. “This time around, we have permitted it as they are going for party work,” he clarified. About BJP national president, Amit Shah’s charge that the Central government had given grant of two lakh crore rupees to state and that the grant was not properly utilized by the state, he felt Shah is unable to get proper figures about the grant and that the grant given did not belong to Shah’s family, nor was it earned by his son Jay Shah. “The central government is giving us our share out of taxes collected as per the recommendations of the Finance Commission which is formed once in five years as per constitution,” he stated.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)