Karnataka BJP to hold protest against govt over drought situation

Bengaluru: “There is severe drought in Karnataka. Despite several requests and warnings to the state government, it has been of no use. To put pressure on the government and to know the facts, leader of opposition and BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa will travel to parts of North Karnataka on June 7, 8 and 9,” said Karnataka BJP general secretary Arvind Limbavali.

A legislature party meeting headed by Yeddyurappa was held and the party decided to hold a three-day protest against State government for failing over the drought management and alleged discrimination with regard to development.

Yeddyurappa would be visiting Badami, Hungund, Koppal, Lingasugur, Yadgir and Gurmitkal among others to understand the drought situation and to meet officials to collect information on water availability, fodder and work being undertaken under MNREGA.

Also BJP legislators and MPs would stage protests for three days in the city on 13, 14 and 15 June in this regard. The protest would also be against Karnataka government’s decision on sale of 3,667 acres to JSW Steel besides alleged discrimination in developmental works to constituencies represented by BJP MLAs and corruption.

After the Lok Sabha session, a meeting of all MPs and legislators would be called under the leadership of Yeddyurappa about Karnataka related projects and on getting central funds for it, Limbavali said, adding that such meetings would be held frequently.

The BJP felicitated the newly elected party MPs, and speaking at the event, Yeddyurappa appealed to partymen to work towards strengthening the party.

“We may not get such special chance once again; making use of the opportunity…those who supported us should be welcomed to the party wholeheartedly. By inducting new people to the BJP, by giving them responsibilities– let us strengthen the party,” he said.

“People like Deve Gowda (JDS patriarch) who have done politics in the state for years have lost, Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress leader) also, our Umesh Jadhav (BJP MP who defeated Kharge)- is an example for what people can get after quitting Congress. Result is hundred per cent. So there is no use of staying with the Congress. To serve the country and Karnataka and to ensuring its progress- it is possible only with BJP,” said BJP general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Muralidhar Rao.

The BJP had won 25 out of 28 seats in the recently held Lok Sabha elections.

NT Bureau