BJP releases manifesto for by-elections


The party asks people to vote for a stable government. Congress says the trend is against disqualified MLAs.

By Vivek Kumar M

Karnataka state BJP Chief Secretary, Aravind Limbavali, released the party’s manifesto for the by-election to be held on December 5, in a press conference at state BJP office here today. 

He said that the Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will start the campaign from Athini on November 23, while state BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel will campaign in K R Pete on the same day. Jagadeesh Shettar, Sadananda Gowda, Prahlad Joshi, Eshwarappa and Sri Ramulu will also campaign in various assembly constituencies.

In the press conference, Limbavali attacked Congress and JDS saying that the coalition government failed to provide a stable and good administration. 

Natraj Gowda, a spokesperson from Congress, said, “The trend is against BJP because they have taken disqualified MLAs. People will give them an answer.”

He said that the BJP government failed to provide flood relief. Even though BSY earlier said there was Rs. 38,000 crore flood damage, it took 60 days for BSY to get the funds and only Rs. 1200 crore was released by the Centre.

By-elections will be held in 4185 booths in 15 seats. They were originally scheduled for October 21, but were later postponed to December 5, as the disqualified MLAs’ case was being heard at the Supreme Court.

Seventeen MLAs from JD(S)-Congress coalition resigned in July, which led to the fall of the government. 

BJP needs to win at least six out of 15 seats to keep the government.