“Instability” of Congress government becomes highlight of Karnataka BJP Executive meeting

Hinting at staging a protest on the very first day of the monsoon session Vijayendra said, "We are staging demonstrations against the anti-people Congress government.”

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 04, 2024 | 3:55 PM Updated Jul 04, 2024 | 3:55 PM

BY Vijayendra adressing BJP leaders and workers

Karnataka BJP chief BY Vijayendra addressing the special executive meeting of party leaders and workers in Bengaluru on Thursday, 4 July, took a jibe at the alleged internal tussle over the chief minister’s post in the Congress government in the state.

Referring to the differences between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar’s camps, he said, “It is impossible to say how many more days this government has got the life.”

Further speaking about the alleged internal fight in Congress, he pointed: “We don’t know how long this government will be in power. The chief minister’s faction ministers and MLAs are fighting on the streets demanding four more deputy chief minister posts.”

“On the other hand, DK Shivakumar’s faction is fighting on the streets to make him the chief minister. Hence, it is impossible to guess how long this government will sustain at the helm,” chided Vijayendra.

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Demand from religious leaders

A Vokkaliga seer, Kumara Chandrashekaranatha Swamiji of Vishwa Vokkaliga Mahasamastana Math, had earlier publicly urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to step down and make way for his deputy Shivakumar.

Following this demand, a Veearashaiva-Lingayat seer —Srisaila Jagadguru Channa Siddharama Panditaradhya Swamiji — on Friday said ministers from his community should be considered for the chief minister’s post in case there is a leadership change, while also pitching for them to be given priority in the event of creation of additional deputy chief minister posts.

However, addressing reporters earlier in Bengaluru, Shivakuamar said, “Kharge (AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge), Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and I, in the interest of the party, have decided how to function. So there is no need for any MLA or minister or swamiji to speak. If they (seers) bless us, it’s enough…”

There is no need for any minister to comment on the chief minister or deputy chief minister’s issue in public or before the media, Shivakumar said and warned that “if any MLA or anyone from the party raises it, the AICC or I will be forced to issue notice and take disciplinary action. Discipline is important in the party. There is nothing without discipline.”

Meanwhile, AHINDA (backward classes) activists in the state declared their support for Siddaramaiah on Sunday and stated they would launch statewide protests if any such move is initiated.

Siddaramaiah on Monday, 1 July, said he would abide by the decision of the Congress high command on the issue of leadership change, “It is not a matter to be discussed in public. Whatever decision the high command takes, we will go by it.”

Also Read: Vokkaliga seer sparks row, asks CM to make way for Shivakumar

‘Anti people Congress government’

Hinting at staging a protest on the very first day of the monsoon session Vijayendra said, “We are staging demonstrations against the anti-people Congress government.”

Stating that the Opposition will tighten the screws of the government, he added, “Our legislators in the legislative assembly and council will expose the corrupt Congress government in the upcoming session from 15 July.”

Further the former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa too slammed the Congress government for hiking the essential goods prices and deteriorating law and order.

Yediyurappa was addressing the party leaders during the meeting and said: “No works (development) are taking place. The irrigation works have been stopped. Congress MLAs themselves are complaining about the lack of grants being provided to them for development works.”

“Fuel price, bus fair, power, excise tariffs, transformers tariffs and other prices have been hiked as per their whims and fancies.”

The former chief minister added that the government is looting people to mobilise its resources.

(Edited by Sumavarsha Kandula)

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