Mysuru (Karnataka): BJP president Amit Shah today hit out at the Siddaramaiah government, dubbing it “a corrupt, malicious and oppressive” regime and asked the people to “root it out” in the upcoming assembly polls.
Addressing a party rally here, Shah accused the Congress of behaving like as it did during the Emergency.
He lashed out at the party for its “role” in supporting a statewide bandh today on the state’s row with Goa on sharing Mahadayi river water.
Shah’s rally as part of the “Parivarthana Yatra” by the state BJP came amid the bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention on the Mahadayi water sharing issue.
Pro-Kannada outfits have also called a Bengaluru Bandh on 4 February, when Modi will be here to address a rally, with the BJP seeing the shutdown as a “politically motivated” move instigated by the ruling Congress to synchronise with the visits of the prime minister and BJP chief.
“Congress is even now behaving like it did during the emergency by deploying police to hold off supporters and by organising Mahadayi bandhs matching my and Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s Parivartana Yatra address,” he said.
Shah said despite “desperate attempt” to disrupt the rally here by organising the bandh, “we have managed to hold it and been successful at it.”
BJP sources claimed that Shah’s rally was attended by close to 50,000 people, ignoring the bandh call.
“Buses have been stopped, bandh has been called, efforts are on to stop Modi’s rally on 4 February, but I have confidence in the people of this great Karnataka,” he said.
The number of people who will attend Modi’s rally on 4 February will make it clear BJP will win the election that will happen in April-May, Shah said.
“From this land of Mysuru, the land of goddess Chamundeshwari, my only appeal to the people of Karnataka is to root out corrupt, malicious and oppressive Siddaramaiah government,” Shah said.
Shah said within four years, more than 20 activists of BJP and RSS had been killed.
He asked as to why cases against Social Democratic Party of India, the political arm of the Popular Front of India, which the party is holding responsible for the killings, were withdrawn.
“I want to ask Siddaramaiah whether he is certifying SDPI. Why were the cases withdrawn?” he asked.
He also slammed the Siddaramaiah government over its decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of 18th-century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan.
Shah said more than 3,500 farmers have committed suicide in the last five years in Karnataka.
The BS Yeddyurappa-led parivartan yatra has instilled fear in the hearts of Congress workers, he claimed.
“BJP has started the parivartana yatra for not only to change the government but also to bring change in the lives of youth and to give security to the women of Karnataka,” he said.
Shah challenged Siddaramaiah to stop the BJP from forming the government in Karnataka using all his might.