The State BJP leaders who were all excited about the launch of the Nava Karnataka Parivarthan rally were in for a rude shock when the party national president Amit Shah was reportedly displeased with the empty chairs at the venue.
It is reported that he took Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa and others to task for their poor organisation skills.
In fact, Shah was reportedly infuriated at the fact that the State leaders were a failure in ensuring more crowd at the venue. Besides, huge traffic on the stretch that delayed his arrival at the venue too added up to the list of leaders' failure.
Vehicles piled up on Bengaluru-Tumakuru road stretch, and a vehicle that was to pick Shah from the airport was also stuck in the traffic. This reportedly upset Shah forcing him to fly from the airport to the venue.
However, when he reached the venue, he was welcomed by empty chairs. Sensing trouble, Goel reportedly asked some of the leaders to leave the dais and occupy the chairs. However, it is reported that the leaders failed to react it. Seemingly irritated at this, minister Goel went up to some of the leaders and requested them to sit in the chairs meant for workers, to cover up.
Earlier, addressing the party workers, Shah came down heavily on the Siddaramaiah government for giving prominence to Tipu Jayanti over Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations. "There was no fervour that Karnataka Rajyotsava deserved for, Siddaramaiah is more keen on celebrating Tipu Jayanti on November 10," Shah said. Organising Tipu Jayanti is just a vote bank politics, and it will do no good to people.
Shah accused the Congress government of "most corrupt State" in the country as there are ministers who face allegations of unaccounted money. "Yet, Siddaramaiah did not seek resignations from them," Shah remarked. He also sought account for the Centre's funds released to the State. "The Centre has released funds, but it has not reached the people of Karnataka. The onus is on Siddaramaiah to give an account of this money," Shah said.