As election mania hits Karnataka, Mudda compares strategies of rival parties and speculates on who will form the next government in the state
Friday’s edition of Mudda discussed the BJP’s strategy to win the Karnataka elections. The state will go to polls on May 12 and the saffron party has released its manifesto focusing on women voters and is also utilising the party’s women cadre to the maximum so as to lure women voters. The Prime Minister also interacted with the Karnataka BJP’s women cadre for the upcoming assembly elections.
The show was anchored by Anant Tyagi. The panellists were BJP spokesman Anand Sahu, Congress spokesperson Surendra Rajput, senior journalist Atul Chandra and APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju.
Surendra Rajput said that the Congress has delivered on most of its promises and is then going to the public, unlike BJP which has only made false promises so far. “Narendra Modi shared the dais with corrupt leaders such as Yeddyurappa and the Reddy brothers, there could be nothing more shameful than this. And as far as policies of the centre are concerned, the rate of farmer suicides has reached very high out of which many belong to Karnataka as well because of non-implementation of the Swaminathan committee report,” said Rajput.
Rajput also said that the Centre had to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on the status of Cauvery Water Tribunal but it has not done so for the past three years and when the apex court categorically asked the government to file it, the Centre’s response was that, that all the ministers along with the prime minister were busy with the Karnataka elections, therefore it cannot file the affidavit. “The elections will take place now but what was the government doing for three years? This is a injustice to the farmers of the state,” said Rajput.
However, Anand Sahu said that the Cauvery water dispute has been pending since long and it wasn’t a recent one. Sahu was asked about the relevance of Yogi Adityanath in the Karnataka polls, to which Sahu replied saying that Adityanath was the chief minister of the largest state and the law and order situation was so much better now in the state and he has brought about so many reforms, therefore he was being called to campaign for BJP in Karnataka.
Atul Chandra discussed about the significance of Lingayats in the Karnataka elections. He said that they have been a hot topic while elections for quite some time now and it were deliberately started right before the elections. “The Lingayats as a community is large and powerful and it is impossible for any political party to ignore them,” said Chandra. Chandra denied when asked whether these elections were a tussle of Modi versus Rahul. He said that Siddharamaiah’s stature was very high in the state’s political scenario and it could be seen that the BJP’s attacks were also targeted on Siddharamaiah as well.
Govind Pant Raju explained the status of both the parties in the elections. He said that the situation for Congress is different from what it has faced in other states because this time the Congress is in power and it has to do its best to defend its power in the state. “For BJP the challenges are less this time because it is not in a do or die situation, like it was in Gujarat, instead if it wins it would be a big achievement for the party,” said Raju.
—Compiled by Lilly Paul
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