Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday exhorted the state Congress leadership to exploit the split in the BJP to bounce back to power. The present situation has presented the best opportunity for the Congress to come back to power, he said.
Addressing KPCC members and party workers, Chidambaram said former chief minster BS Yeddyurappa is launching his own party to split the BJP in December.
“The BJP government does not have any moral authority to remain in power. It is remaining in office because of ‘Operation Lotus’ and nobody is moving a no-confidence motion against the government. I do not want to elaborate much on it,” he said.
The prevailing political situation in the state with the BJP having failed to provide good governance and best with infighting presented best opportunity for Congress to come back to power, Chidambaram said. He wanted state Congress leaders to ensure that they support and protect the party’s natural constituency of neglected sections of society like OBCs, SCs, STs, minorities, women and youth.
“This was Indira Gandhi’s message. Once we send this message out, there will be no power on earth which can stop the Congress from coming back to power in Karnataka,” he said.
Chidambaram ruled out the possibility of Lok Sabha elections happening before May 2014. He asked the state Congress leadership to be ready to face assembly elections any time as it could happen very soon.