Savarkar and swipes at Bharat Jodo Yatra are highlights of Karnataka BJP state executive meeting

Leaders of Karnataka BJP set target to win 150 of 225 seats in the upcoming Assembly election; commend Union government for PFI ban.

BySouth First Desk

Published Oct 08, 2022 | 1:12 PM Updated Oct 08, 2022 | 1:12 PM

Karnataka BJP leaders offer respects to a bust of VD Savarkar at the State Executive meeting venue on Friday. (Supplied)

A huge bust of VD Savarkar and posters on the Hindutva icon’s time in Kalapani jail in the Andamans were the sights that welcomed participants at the BJP’s state executive meeting in Karnataka on Friday, 7 October.

Other than declaring that the party’s aim was to win 150 out of the 225 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections, it was Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra that figured repeatedly in the meet.

The executive meeting comes ahead of BJP’s own parallel yatra across Karnataka, set to be headed by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and BJP Parliamentary Board member BS Yediyurappa. The two leaders will lead statewide outreach programme ahead of scheduled elections in April-May next year.

BJP’s own yatra

“We will embark on a yatra — Vijayada Kade Nama Nade (Our Walk Towards Victory) — in the days to come, with the single agenda of ensuring BJP wins 140-150 seats in the next election and returns to power. No power can stop us,” said Yediyurappa in his speech at the meeting.

AICC Interim President Sonia Gandhi shares a smile with Rahul Gandhi at Bharat Jodo Yatra on Thursday in Mandya. (Supplied)

AICC Interim President Sonia Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi at Bharat Jodo Yatra on Thursday in Mandya. (Supplied)

“Congress is finished across the country. They are touring our state but they have no address. They have no government anywhere except in two states. It is comical that Congress thinks it can hold a yatra in Karnataka and turn things around,” Yediyurappa added.

Even as leaders of the BJP have been insisting that Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra — that is currently underway in Karnataka — has no impact on the state’s politics, it featured prominently in the speeches of all leaders and also made it to the resolution passed in the meeting.

Two resolutions

Of the two resolutions passed in the executive meeting, one commended the Narendra Modi-led Union government for banning the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliate outfits under UAPA.

“They are carrying out a Bharat Jodo Yatra today after leaders of Congress broke the country before Independence. This is not an attempt to unite the country, but to flee to Italy owing to all the corruption charges they face. Ask them why Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are on bail. From Nehru to Manmohan Singh, all their prime ministers, except Lal Bahadur Shastri, have been corrupt,” BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel alleged.

Sonia Gandhi participated in the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Thursday for a brief while.

The state executive meeting highlighted schemes revived, introduced and promoted under the BJP government with special mention to anti-conversion law and anti-cattle slaughter bill passed by its administration.