No trace of BSY in BJP campaign

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai | ENS – HUBLI

21st October 2012 09:20 AM

With almost a vertical split in the state BJP’s ranks, the “Oust Congress, Save Country,’’ campaign organised by the party’s youth wing failed to attract people. The absence of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa was quite palpable.

It appeared that the BJP has already prepared to live without Yeddyurappa.

There was no trace of the Lingayat strongman at the venue.

The former chief minister’s photos were removed from posters, banners and flexes at the venue.

Barring Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, not a single leader, including the Yeddyurappa’s camp follower Murgesh Nirani took Yeddyurappa’s name.

Nirani, instead chose to speak about the good works done by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajapayee.

Other camp followers of Yeddyurappa – ministers Basavaraj Bommai and C M Udasi skipped the event.

A few strong followers of Yeddyurappa, however, made their presence felt by shouting slogans “stop BSY, save BJP,”’ stressing the importance of Yeddyurappa for the party if it wanted to return to power in the next Assembly polls.

By Express News Service – HUBLI

21st October 2012 10:17 AM

‘Congress Hatao, Desh Bachao,’ a campaign organised by Yuva Morcha of the state BJP at Nehru Stadium here on Saturday, warned the Congress-led UPA government in the Centre of dire consequences if it continues to neglect the interests of farmers.

Congress national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan alleged that the Congress was suppressing the farmers and poor by allowing the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is favouring Wall Street and all other Congress leaders are behaving like agents of multi-national companies,” he alleged.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar remembered how the later prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had lost power after the Bofors scandal of Rs 64 crore. “However, today’s Congress has been involved in scams of lakh crores,” he alleged.

He challenged the state Congress leaders who were making charges of misuse of Rs 600 crore under the MGNREGS to give details.

“Acting on genuine complaints, we have taken serious actions against officials who have erred in this regard,” he claimed.

By Express News Service – HUBLI

21st October 2012 10:18 AM

BJP state in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan conducted a meeting in a private hotel here on Saturday to plan a strategy against former CM B S Yeddyurappa. Before participating in ‘Congress Hatao, Desh Bachao’ campaign, Pradhan discussed possible impact on the party after Yeddyurappa’s move of launching a new party. CM Jagadish Shettar, Deputy CM K S Eshwarappa, MP Prahlad Joshi and RSS leader Santosh were present in the meeting. It is also said that Pradhan took stock of leaders who may go with Yeddyurappa.

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