In strategy meeting sans ally JD(S), Amit Shah gives Karnataka BJP ‘action plan’ for Old Mysuru region

Riding on PM Narendra Modi’s popularity, BJP is working towards increasing its vote share by 10 percent in every booth, BY Vijayendra said.

ByMahesh M Goudar

Published Feb 11, 2024 | 10:48 PMUpdatedFeb 11, 2024 | 10:48 PM

Karnataka BJP Congress Lok Sabha elections Mysuru Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday, 11 February, directed Karnataka BJP leaders to maintain unity and coordination with the JD(S) to register a thumping victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in the state.

Shah arrived in Mysuru around 2.45 am on Sunday. He kick-started his schedule by taking part in Msyuru’s Suttur Mutt’s Jathra Mohatsava and then offered prayers to Goddess Chamundeshwari at Chamundi Hills.

Thereafter, Shah chaired an important core committee and Mysuru cluster Lok Sabha meeting at a private hotel in Mysuru.

The invitation to the meeting was confined to BJP leaders despite the JD(S) being an alliance partner of the saffron party in Karnataka.

In the meeting, Shah not only stressed unity and coordination but is also said to have presented an action plan and strategies for the Old Mysuru region to defeat the Congress in forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Excluding BJP parliamentary board member and former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, all the prominent and senior leaders of the cadre were present at the Mysuru meeting.

It may be noted that in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 25 of the 28 seats from Karnataka.

In the Mysuru cluster, the BJP won Mysuru and Chamarajanagar but lost Hassan and supported independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh in the Mandya seat.

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The action plan

Karnataka BJP president and Shikaripura MLA BY Vijayendra said that Amit Shah’s meeting boosted the morale of the party.

With this meeting, under the chairmanship of Shah, the BJP’s state unit officially kick-started preparations for the Lok Sabha elections.

After the conclusion of the meeting, Vijayendra told reporters: “In the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the NDA — the BJP and the JD(S) in Karnataka — has created an environment in favour of us in all the 28 Lok Sabha seats.”

He added: “The action plan is to convert Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity to votes, so at least 10 percent votes have to be increased in every booth. Likewise, he has given several suggestions and discussed the strategy as well. This meeting has doubled the confidence of all the participants.”

He further said: “We will also implement the strategies shared by him (Shah) at the booth levels. We also expressed confidence in walking in unity on the path chalked out by the party high command to ensure a BJP-JD(S) victory in all the parliamentary seats in Karnataka and strengthen the hands of the prime minister.”

With regard to deliberations over seat-sharing between the BJP and the JD(S) for the Lok Sabha polls, Vijayendra said: “The discussions over seat sharing between BJP and JD(S) will be held at Delhi level at the earliest. No deliberations were held on this regard in the meeting.”

He added: “But, he has given a clear message to the party that irrespective of the candidate for the Lok Sabha elections, both the parties must work in unity to ensure candidates’ victory in all the seats.”

When asked what strategies and suggestions were given by Shah, Vijayendra said: “We will not reveal the details about the suggestions and strategies. We will implement them and show the results. There is no point talking about it.”

He added: “No discussions were held about the nominees of the constituencies. Our only goal is that our candidates must win. We will implement his suggestions and action plan. A lot of deliberations were made.”

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Congress has designed the toolkit: Ravi

Former BJP national general secretary CT Ravi in Mysuru on Sunday termed the Congress’ allegations and protest over the fiscal injustice in Delhi as the grand old party’s “toolkit”.

After the core committee meeting, Ravi told reporters in Mysuru: “The deliberations were made about ensuring victory in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the NDA.”

He added: “Discussions also happened about what all issues might come forward (in the run-up to the elections) and the Congress’ plan in the core committee meeting.”

Criticising the chief minister, Ravi said: “Siddaramaiah staged a protest at Delhi with ill intention. It clearly shows a conspiracy to provoke regional sentiments. In reality, the state got ₹1.42 lakh crore through tax devolution and grant-in aid in 10 years (2004 to 2014) during the Manmohan Singh regime. In the next 10 years, the Modi government provided ₹4.90 lakh crore.”

He added: “Despite being provided with an additional ₹3.49 lakh crore through tax devolution and grant-in-aid, they made an attempt to create a false image (against the BJP government). They have completely failed in it.”

Ravi also said: “Their treasury might be empty now. Hence, they are trying to change the subject and depict before the people that injustice is being meted out to the state have designed the toolkit in order to cover their failures.”

He added: “This toolkit has been designed to chalk out their plans. This has been discussed in our core committee meeting. The deliberations were also about making people of the state aware about how much grants it got for railway projects, tax devolution, and other sources. We also discussed exposing the Congress’ conspiracy.”

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‘BJP has given more than Congress

Asked about the strategy of the BJP to tackle the Congress’ fiscal injustice allegations, CT Ravi said: “Siddaramaiah has served as the finance minister for a very long term. He has clear information, but has thrown a challenge that he will retire from politics if his allegations are proved wrong.”

Ravi added: “Maybe his retirement time is nearing if he stands by his words. He should take retirement from politics. The BJP has given more than the Congress to the state.”

He continued: “The Modi government provided a higher share to the government than the Singh government. We will also take up this issue in the upcoming session. The chief minister cannot lie in the House. It will lead to the violation of various laws.”

On the reports of Amit Shah directing the Karnataka BJP leaders not to give statements targeting its alliance partner JD(S), he said: “The JD(S) is an alliance partner of the NDA. We will treat them with respect and take them along. We will do whatever is possible to keep the alliance healthy. There are no confusions in the alliance.”

He added of Shah: “He has given some suggestions based on his experience. The state leaders will discuss to implement them at the grassroots level.”