Laptops to all minority and poor students who pass SSLC, Rs5,000 per month to all Muslim and poor mothers to prevent malnutrition among their children, and waiver of all farm loans taken from any bank, are some assurances of BSR Congress founder S Sriramulu to woo the Muslims ahead of the forthcoming assembly elections.
Sriramulu, who broke away from the BJP seems to be in competing with KJP, formed by BS Yeddyurappa who rebelled against the party, in reaching out to the minorities, in an attempt to expand vote base and create an identity different from the BJP which is viewed to be anti-minority. Yeddyurappa, who has co-opted minority leaders such former minister Mumtaz Ali Khan and Jabbar Khan Honnalli, is eyeing the Christian community too.
Addressing a minority convention in Davangere on Sunday, Sriramulu, who was dressed in a dark blue sherwani and black kuffiyeh (headgear preferred by religious Muslims, said his party would definitely come to power in the State if Muslims unitedly support his party in next the elections.
“Muslims were used by many parties after Independence, but they were neglected by all ruling parties in development. However, the BSR Congress is committed to keep all its promises,” he asserted.
He attacked KPCC treasurer Shamanur Shivashankrappa for neglecting Muslims in Davangere.
“Davangere has been a gateway for success for all parties and it would also definitely bless BSR Congress,” he said. He predicted that his party will get 160 seats in the Assembly elections.
“However, our party will field candidates in all 224 constituencies and will form government after elections,” he asserted.
Islamic religious leader Abutalib Rehamani, MLAs Suresh Babu, G Somashekhar Reddy, Member of Parliament J Shantha, cine actress Rakshita Prem, party spokesperson YN Goudar and others were present on the occasion. Goudar got approval from party workers for the first list of party candidates in 27 constituencies that was announced by Sriramulu in Bangalore on January 3.
No threat to BJP govt
Sriramulu asserted that he would not destabilise the BJP government in the State. “The voters gave a five-year mandate to it, and we will respect their decision and will not table a motion of no-confidence,” he remarked.