Yeddyurappa lashes out at coalition govt in Karnataka; BJP aims to win 22 Lok Sabha seats
Yeddyurappa said that the Congress and JD(S) have been fighting against each other in the last seven months, and people of the state want to get rid of them
Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch the BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in Karnataka on February 10 from Hubballi, the state unit of the party said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters, BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa said that Modi would address two other election rallies in February, while the BJP national president Amit Shah is expected to be in the state on February 14 and 21.
The BJP has set a target of winning more than 22 seats out of the total 28 in the state in the upcoming polls as part of the mission to make Modi the Prime Minister again.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Lok Sabah poll in-charges of constituencies and party office-bearers, Yeddyurappa said that he and Shah were likely to visit the state on February 14 and 21 and the programmes will be decided shortly.
Later, the BJP, in a statement, said Modi would visit the state on February 10, 19 and 27. Former deputy chief minister R Ashoka has been made the in-charge of Modi’s rallies.
Yeddyurappa said the target was to win more than 22 seats in the Lok Sabha polls. He said, "We have discussed upcoming Lok Sabha polls. In the Lok Sabha polls this time we will win more than 22 seats and contribute towards making Narendra Modi Prime Minister once again."
He further said that the party leaders would travel across the state and strengthen the party, from Thursday.
In 2014, BJP won 17 Lok Sabha seats and emerged as the single largest party with 104 MLAs in the last year’s Assembly elections. But, the party fell short of a majority following which the JD(S) and Congress came together.
Terming the Lok Sabha polls as important, Yeddyurappa claimed Modi's developmental works in the past four-and-half years, growth in the country's economy, and the entire world is praising him had created panic among the Opposition parties. Hence, they were trying to unite.
Lashing out at the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa said that the two parties have been fighting against each other in the last seven months, and people of the state want to get rid of them.
Predicting the fall of the coalition government any time because of the infighting, Yeddyurappa said the BJP was not responsible for it.
“The Congress legislators want to snap the relationship with the JD(S) and are fighting on the streets, so there may be political ups and downs because of this," he said.
Yeddyurappa said the JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda's comments against the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) chief Siddaramaiah on Wednesday showed this coalition government was in a state of confusion.