BY Vijayendra, the newly-appointed president of Bharatiya Janata Get together’s (BJP) Karnataka unit, formally assumed his duties on Wednesday in Bengaluru, with a declaration that he’ll make sure that the get together win all 28 Lok Sabha seats within the state within the elections, scheduled to be held subsequent yr. The ceremony on the get together state workplace was attended by his father and former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, together with the opposite senior leaders of the get together.
Aged 47, Vijayendra was appointed to the submit on November 10. Addressing get together staff, the state BJP chief stated that he’ll rework the state into a sturdy get together stronghold as soon as once more. Vijayendra requested get together staff to be prepared not just for the Lok Sabha polls but in addition for an additional meeting election within the state.
“We gained’t resort to any Operation Kamala [poaching of MLAs], so there’s no have to be alarmed. Nonetheless, the ruling get together MLAs discover it difficult to stroll on the streets as a result of the chief minister has failed to offer them with even a ₹1 grant. Not like us, being opposition MLAs, the ruling get together MLAs can’t increase their heads within the streets. You will notice how they [opposition MLAs] will train a lesson to this [Congress] authorities,” Vijayendra said. Whereas criticising the Siddaramaiah-led authorities within the state, Vijayendra accused the federal government of conducting daylight theft beneath its rule and stated, “There isn’t a conducive surroundings for investments.”
He additionally set a objective to safe all 28 seats within the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. “I thank my get together leaders for appointing me regardless of the presence of senior leaders within the get together. Since my appointment because the state president, I’ve engaged with a number of senior leaders, constructing confidence, and in search of their cooperation to comprehend the dream of profitable all 28 Lok Sabha seats within the state.”
Hailing from the dominant Lingayat-Veerashaiva neighborhood, Vijayendra signalled inclusivity by encouraging get together legislators to view themselves as get together staff reasonably than figuring out solely with particular communities. “We are able to sweep the Lok Sabha polls provided that you contemplate yourselves as get together staff reasonably than leaders of particular communities,” he maintained.
The occasion noticed the presence of former chief ministers BS Yediyurappa, Basavaraj Bommai, and Sadananda Gowda, together with a number of senior leaders. Nonetheless, it additionally witnessed absenteeism of notable leaders, together with get together MLAs Basangouda Patil Yatnal and Arvind Bellad. Moreover, former minister CT Ravi, absent on the occasion, issued a video message stating his presence in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh for election campaigning.
These absentees, together with Ravi, Yatnal, and Bellad, are believed to be aligned with BJP common secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh’s camp and are reportedly against the nomination of Vijayendra because the state president. Whereas Bellad and Yatnal share the Lingayat neighborhood background with Vijayendra, Ravi hails from the Vokkaliga neighborhood.
Different notable absentees had been former ministers V Somanna, Okay Sudhakar, and Arvind Limbavali. Regardless of the interior dynamics, the BJP has deliberate a grand rally to have a good time Vijayendra’s appointment on the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru after November 25.
Vijayendra additionally stated that he would take all senior leaders alongside to convey again PM Modi to energy within the Lok Sabha elections.
In the meantime, the Congress get together leaders identified the absence of a number of leaders through the occasion saying, issues plague the state unit of the BJP. “There may be nonetheless a scarcity of unity within the BJP. To begin with, he [Vijayendra] obtained this submit as a result of there’s a lack of management within the get together. Even at present [Wednesday], a number of leaders like CT Ravi, Yahnal and lots of different leaders had been lacking from the occasion. We want him [Vijayendra] effectively, however are his get together colleagues doing it?” requested Congress MLA Priyank Kharge.
When requested if the appointment of Vijayendra might take away the votes of the Lingayat neighborhood, which supported the Congress within the meeting election, Kharge stated, “Our victory was not simply because Lingayat communities voted for us, however it was a results of the corruption and lack of governance inside the BJP. We’ll search votes on our achievements.”