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Bharath Joshi | DHNS | Bengaluru | Dec 28, 2022:: BJP national general secretary CT Ravi on Wednesday said the party will give “special” focus on the Old Mysuru region where he pointed out that winning more seats is necessary to get a majority.
“We will fight the election on development and Hindutva,” Ravi told reporters when asked what the BJP’s approach would be in the Vokkaliga-dominated Old Mysuru region where it is perceived as weak.
“Caste is the reality, but our party runs on the on the ideology of Hindutva. Our ideology incorporates all castes. Hindutva isn’t a religion, but a cultural legacy. All people who come under this legacy, irrespective of their worship methods, are Hindus,” Ravi said.
The BJP wants to win more seats in Mandya, Mysuru, Hassan, Chamarajanagar, Kolar and Chikkaballapur. “We have a report card to show people. Take PM-KISAN, for example. Hasn’t it reached farmers of Old Mysuru? Haven’t people benefitted from the Bengaluru-Mysuru corridor? Milk subsidy that farmers get was started by the BJP. The Hassan airport, which was HD Deve Gowda’s dream, is being implemented by the BJP. We have so many such things that we’ll tell people,” Ravi explained.
Ravi said the BJP realised the importance of the Old Mysuru region in the 2008 and 2018 elections. “We cannot get a majority without winning the confidence of people in this region. So, while focussing on the entire state, we’ll give special focus focus on the Old Mysuru region,” he said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Mandya on December 30 and Devanahalli on December 31. “A good cricketer will play well on any pitch – home or away. Shah will play well on any pitch,” Ravi said.
Cooperation Minister ST Somashekhar said one lakh people are expected at a public meeting Shah will address in Mandya. “People from Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Hassan will attend the convention,” he said, adding that Mandya would “cease to be the fortress of the JD(S) and Congress.”
In Mandya, Shah will open a mega dairy on December 30. “After that, he’ll address cooperatives. We’ll submit a memorandum to Shah on doubling NABARD’s Rs 24,000 crore loan,” Somashekhar said. Shah is also expected to hold talks with milk unions. “One thousand directors of primary agricultural credit societies, 1,000 milk suppliers and 1,000 members of women self-help groups will participate in the programme,” he said.
Like Ravi, Somashekhar said the BJP wants to win more seats in Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Ramanagara and Hassan.
Source: Deccan Herald
M.K. Ashoka | IANS | Bengaluru | Dec 25, 2022:: Never in the history had the state of Karnataka witnessed politics of polarisation like it did in the year 2022. The agenda for the upcoming assembly elections in 2023 (elections will be held tentatively in less than four months) is clearly set for political parties.
Such polarisation was witnessed only during the times of Ayodhya movement. The situation was, however, controlled and the state bounced back to normalcy after a certain period of time. But, the communal polarisation following the hijab crisis has touched upon most of the population and society remains deeply divided.
The series of developments following policy decisions have also seemed to have impacted the psyche of the people of Karnataka. The events which unfolded in Karnataka attracted global attention for all the wrong reasons.
The ruling BJP is making it clear that it is going to fight elections on Hindutva plank. Karnataka Congress president D.K. Shivakumar even raised doubts on the Mangaluru blast case being out of proportion for electoral gains by the ruling party.
He also questioned the declaration of the incident as an act of terror by the police department.
Recently, Shivakumar went on to charge the ruling BJP that fearing the popularity of the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi, the BJP government is bringing up the fears of Covid-19 back in the country.
The Karnataka unit of Congress has officially declared that internal surveys indicated that the party will win with a comfortable majority in Karnataka.
The ruling BJP on the other hand, has enacted the Anti-Cow Slaughter Act, Anti-Conversion Act, redesigned the school syllabus, included content on Veer Savarkar, deleted glorification of Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan, made rule boycotting hijab in classrooms, supported boycott of Muslim traders to carry out business in Hindu religious places and fares, recently, got the portrait of Veer Savarkar installed in the assembly hall of the Belagavi Suvarna Soudha, making it very clear that Hindutva is going to be the main agenda in the upcoming elections for the party.
Bitter war of words between BJP National General Secretary B.L. Santhosh and former CM and JD-S leader H.D. Kumaraswamy has clearly indicated the saffron party’s calculations to make inroads into the old Mysuru region, considered as the bastion of JD-S.
Santhosh launched a scathing attack on the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and called it a party of a family — where only family and relatives shared the power. Kumaraswamy had questioned Santhosh in what way he is connected to Karnataka. He also stated that he can give a list of politicians hailing from families in BJP.
Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda has declared that he will install JD-S into power. Kumaraswamy warned Santhosh that he will have to come to his doorsteps after the elections.
On the other hand, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also set to make its presence felt in the state. State convener Prithvi Reddy is repeatedly talking about alternative politics pursued by his party, which national parties will never be able to take up.
Experts have said that Karnataka is at the crossroads and the results of assembly elections in 2023 is going to decide the path of the state ahead.