Gearing up for Assembly elections in Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday flagged off a "Parivartan Yatra" in Mysuru.
Bengaluru citizens in particular, however, gave a thumbs down to the state government with 55% respondents saying they were "somewhat dissatisfied"; 11% said they were "fully satisfied" and 46% voted for "somewhat satisfied". The approximately 15,000-strong crowd turned up at the Maharaja College grounds in Congress-held Chamaraja constituency despite a Karnataka-bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations on the Mahadayi river dispute, where the BJP is on a backfoot in the state.
"Despite desperate attempt to disrupt the rally by organising this (bandh over Mahadayi issue), we have managed to hold it and been successful at it. Siddaramaiah-led Congress also wants to disrupt Modi's rally to be held on February 4", he said.
"The Siddaramaiah government and all the people they support should know that the martrydom of our workers will not go in vain, " Shah stated.
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The state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa also attacked the government saying it tried to make the Parivartana Yatra unsuccessful. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to justice to Muslim sisters and mothers by passing the bill and providing justice to them, he said.
The BJP chief said the Congress opposed the triple talaq bill due to "politics of appeasement".
Taking on the Congress government on graft, he alleged that the Siddaramaiah government has crossed all boundaries of corruption. The Congress will be wiped out even in those States and "Congress-free country" is a matter of time, he said.
Shah challenged Siddaramaiah to stop the BJP from forming the government in Karnataka using all his might.