Karnataka BJP Plans Mass Events To Counter Congress Anniversary Party | Bangalore News

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BENGALURU: The recent birthday parties from former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to Davanagere, which reportedly attracted as many as 5-8 lakh people, seems to have sounded the alarm for the Karnataka BJP, urging it to take countermeasures.
The impact was such that former chief minister and BJP boss BS Yediyurappa, the day after the event, met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Bangalore to discuss the urgent need to rally cadres and strengthen the party ahead of the 2023 elections. According to the Yediyurappa camp, 15 party deputies had called the former CM after the mega Congress rally and urged him to speak to management for a “course correction”.
“The former CM was appalled and disturbed by such large crowds attending the Congress rally in one of the party strongholds. He had gone to the Shah to discuss the need to revitalize party cadres after the unrest following (BJP leader Yuva Morcha) Murder of Praveen Nettaru,” Yediyurappa’s office claimed.
However, other leaders in the BJP camp claimed that Yediyurappa’s meeting with Shah should cement his own son’s future.
“The former CM is, understandably, more inclined to cement his son’s future in the party and can therefore urge the party to give him and his family more key roles to rally the cadres,” said said a lawmaker. Nevertheless, the party is now seriously seeking to “counter” Siddaramaiah’s show of force and is seeking to organize a rally in Davanagere to redeem itself.
MP Renukacharya, Honnali lawmaker and political secretary of the CM, claimed the party was not concerned about the show as its cadres are “intact”. “There was unrest after Praveen’s murder, but things have started to calm down and our party cadres continue to support the government and leadership. Siddaramaiah rally is more worrying for KPCC chairman DK Shivakumar, and other top Congress leaders than for the BJP,” he said.
He said that he and the Davanagere BJP unit sent a proposal to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Party State Chairman Nalin Kumar Kateel to organize the closing event of Janotsava in the district. “The hosting of the concluding Janotsava rally is not a reaction to the Siddaramaiah rally but the intention is to highlight the good work of our government and its achievements,” Renukacharya said.
Party State General Secretary N Ravi Kumar admitted that the Siddaramaiah event was “strong” and that the presence of former AICC President Rahul Gandhi gave it a serious tone. “However, our senior leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, have yet to make their presence felt in the state,” he said.
Kumar said heads of state are due to visit Karnataka after August 15 and the party will hold several events.
Meanwhile, a section of officials said the state unit will have to get back on track if it is to give a firm response to the opposition. “We expect that in the current situation there will be changes soon. Because if changes are not made, the party is doomed to fail in the elections,” they said.
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