Guns

CM begins his state tour by training guns on Rahul’s yatra, invoking the government. hiking quota decision

Bommai says Bharat Jodo Yatra is being pulled to revive Congress leader and protect his identity

Bommai says Bharat Jodo Yatra is being pulled to revive Congress leader and protect his identity

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday began Jana Sankalpa Yatre’s state tour which seeks to drum up support for the BJP ahead of the 2023 assembly elections in an aggressive manner by launching a tirade against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah.

Accompanied by his predecessor BS Yediyurappa, he was keen to invoke the government’s recent decision to increase quotas for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Revive Rahul

Mr Bommai, who started his tour from Gillesuguru village of Raichur Rural Assembly Constituency in Raichur District, ridiculed Mr Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra which currently crosses Karnataka as a yatra which does not only came out to “revive Rahul Gandhi”. “Bharat Jodo yatra’s sole intention is to help retain Mr Gandhi’s identity,” he said.

Incidentally, Mr. Gandhi is due to visit this Assembly constituency when the Bharat Jodo Yatra passes through Raichur district.

Describing his administration’s decision to increase reservations for SCs and STs, he questioned what the long-ruling Congress has done for the welfare of oppressed communities. The Chief Minister pointed his guns at Mr Siddaramaiah and remarked that one who comes from a socialist background had in fact forgotten about socialist ideology after joining Congress.

Dig in Siddaramaiah

In an obvious reference to videos of Mr Siddaramaiah running during the yatra holding Mr Gandhi’s hand, the chief minister said: “You are working under the instructions of a young boy. He said that although Mr Siddaramaiah is a leader of the Ahinda communities (Kannada acronym for Minorities, OBCs and Dalits), the OBCs and Dalits have already abandoned him.

Attacking Mr. Siddaramaiah for calling him a “puppet of the RSS”, Mr. Bommai argued that the RSS was a patriotic organization. “The contribution of the RSS to nation building is immense. What morals does Mr. Siddaramaiah have to criticize him? he asked. Accusing the old congressional regime of indulging in corruption scandals, he reiterated that they would be investigated.

For his part, Mr Yediyurappa expressed confidence that the BJP would win 150 of the total 224 seats in the assembly elections in 2023 and said no one could prevent the party from returning to power. “Mr. Siddaramaiah’s dream of becoming chief minister again will not come true. He makes allegations against the BJP government related to corruption. Everyone knows him. Who gave him a luxury wristwatch when he was chief minister and why? He asked.

BJP leaders roam the state in three different teams. While the teams led by National Party Secretary General Arun Singh and State Speaker Nalin Kumar Kateel have already started their tour, the team led by Mr Bommai and Mr Yediyurappa will cover around 50 Assembly seats during their tour.