Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday charged that the Congress and the JD(S) believed in 18th century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan and that the two parties cannot do any good for Karnataka, while hailing the ruling BJP which was inspired by 16th century Tuluva queen of Ullal Rani Abbakka Chowta, for a prosperous rule in the state.
Shah also alleged that the Congress was corrupt and the opposition party had used Karnataka as an “Automated Teller Machine (ATM) for the Gandhi fami-ly”. “When I have come here, let me ask you (people). Should people vote for the JD(S) and Congress who believe in Tipu or the BJP which has faith in Rani Abbakka?” Shah asked people.
The Union Minister for Home and Cooperation was in Puttur to celebrate the golden jubilee celebration of the Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Co-operative Limited (CAMPCO) at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district.
“Who should form the next government in Karnataka — the BJP, which is a team of patriots led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi or a corrupt Congress, which used Karnataka as an ATM for the Gandhi family?” Shah asked the crowd.
He also accused the previous Congress government in Karnataka of letting off 1,700 activists of the PFI, which was banned last year by the Centre.
This Congress which appeases anti-national forces cannot protect Karnataka, Shah alleged.
“There is Kerala at your neighbourhood. I do not wish to speak more. Only BJP under the leadership of Modi can protect Karnataka,” Shah said.
He claimed that the Prime Minister has kept the country safe by eradicating terrorism and Naxalism in the country.
Citing the example of Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said when he stood up to in-troduce the bill abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution on August 5, 2019, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Congress and the JD(S) insisted that this article should not be abrogated as it would lead to a bloodbath in Kashmir.
“Listen closely Rahul bhai and Congress. This is Modi government. No one could dare throw a pebble, let alone causing a bloodbath. In Kashmir, by abol-ishing Article 370, Narendra Modi made Kashmir the crown of India,” the Home Minister said.
According to him, voting for JD(S) was like casting one’s vote for Congress while voting for the BJP means bringing in a “new Karnataka, which will ena-ble New India”.
The senior BJP leader charged that the Congress and the JD(S) would not do any good for the state. “Karnataka prospered whenever there was a BJP gov-ernment,” the Union Home Minister said.
According to Shah, farmers across the country remember former chief minister B S Yediyurappa for his pro-farmers’ measures. The entire nation remembers Yediyurappa because Bengaluru prospered under his leadership, he added.
Shah also spoke about various projects the Centre was planning to start in Dakshina Kannada district such as setting up a hydrogen power project, plas-tic park, strengthening CAMPCO, deep sea fishing, hostel for 1,000 students from the minority community and upgradation of Mangaluru port.
The top BJP leader’s visit assumes significance as Assembly polls in Karna-taka are less than three months away.
Even Amit Shah facing law, order issues in K’taka, what to say of common man: Cong
Slamming the ruling BJP government in Karnataka, state Congress chief D.K. Shivakumar on Saturday said if Union Home Minister Amit Shah is facing law and order issues in Mangaluru, what will be the plight of common man. He made the remark after the union home minister’s road show was cancelled due to security reasons.
Talking to reporters, Shivakumar said: “The Union Home Minister was sup-posed to take part in a road show but it has been cancelled. If Amit Shah is facing a challenge of law and order issue, one can imagine the plight of com-mon man? It is an insult to the state. Let the BJP answer this first.”
“In the recent past, BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel’s vehicle was at-tacked by their party workers after which it turned turtle. They are using the sons of poor people for carrying out such works. If the state is failing to ensure security for the Union Home Minister, what more proof is needed. The state government which is not capable of ensuring law and order should step down immediately,” Shivakumar said.
Shivakumar claimed that the Congress would win 10 assembly seats in Udupi district alone. He maintained that corporations and boards are being estab-lished for all communities. “We are carrying out a separate tourism policy for the coastal region,” he said.