This article appeared in The New Indian Express –

HUBLI: BJP national general secretary H N Ananth Kumar on Sunday said the Siddaramaiah government is yet to take off properly as the Chief Minister’s colleagues themselves have ‘punctured the wheels of governance.’

At the party’s meeting in support of its West Graduates’ candidate held here on Sunday, the Union Minister said Siddaramaiah’s ‘indifferent attitude and indecisive nature’ has pushed the state backwards.

The Congress has nothing to claim as their achievements while seeking votes for its candidates to the Legislative Council, he said.

On the other hand, the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already raised hope among the public within a few days of assuming power.

“BJP, which fought the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls on the promise of good governance and development is taking measures in that direction,” he said.

‘Special Agenda Required’

Ananth Kumar said a special agenda was needed for the development of north Karnataka and asked party leader Jagadish Shettar to meet intellectuals from the region and take a lead in setting an agenda for inclusive development.

The MPs from the state will push that agenda at the Centre, he said. He also said he has discussed with Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda about the doubling of the railway line between Bangalore and Hubli and laying a new one between Dharwad and Belgaum.

BSY: Make State Cong-free

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa boasted about how the Congress was beaten soundly in Karnataka, as Narendra Modi had promised. This strategy will be taken forward and the state BJP should strive to make the state Congress-free, he said. The party workers should not become complacent and must work hard till the last vote in the Council polls has been submitted, he said. He also attacked Siddaramaiah for expressing his inability to share funds for railway projects and said while he was heading the state government, he had expanded the state’s share for the improvement in the railway network.

State BJP president Prahlad Joshi, senior leaders Jagadish Shettar, C M Udasi, Prabhakar Kore and Basavaraj Bommai, party candidate S V Sankanur and others were present.