Providing a glimpse of things to come in the days ahead, chief minister Jagadish Shettar on Sunday led the charge in Shimoga to shore up the morale of BJP workers, while former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa stormed Shettar’s turf in Hubli to conduct a big rally of minorities to woo them to the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).
Worried about the fate of the party in Yeddyurappa’s backyard Shimoga, BJP leaders were in full attendance at the party rally. Addressing party workers, Shettar said, “You need not get demoralised. Birth of the KJP or any other regional party will not have any impact on the fortunes of the BJP. No BJP leader or workers will join the KJP. We should all work unitedly to create conditions for the BJP to emerge victorious again in the next assembly elections.”
“There is no confusion in the BJP. The Congress is our real rival. I have given a government which is free from corruption. Even the people have acknowledged it. Nobody can stop BJP from coming back to power if the party workers march ahead with confidence,” Shettar said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the rally, BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar said that those who left BJP would regret their decision in the days to come.
While Shettar was trying to boost the morale of BJP workers in Shimoga, Yeddyurappa flexed his muscles in Shettar’s home turf Hubli by organising a huge convention of minorities where former minister and senior Congress leader Jabbar Khan Honnalli formally joined the KJP.
Yeddyurappa said people would teach a befitting lesson for those who had backstabbed him. “The KJP will create history by ushering in a new era of a regional party dominating the state,” he said.