BENGALURU: Sounding the poll bugle in Karnataka,BJP
national presidentAmit Shah
on Saturday made it crystal clear that the purpose of his three-day visit to the state was to prepare the party for the 2018 assembly elections.
In a brief motivational speech, with chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” in the background, Shah said: “Brothers and sisters, I have nothing much to say today, except – ab ki baar, BJP sarkar.”
Shah said the “victory chariot” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after conquering the entire nation in the north, will arrive in Karnataka next year.
“And when it arrives, I am confident that Karnataka will ensure its (BJP) victory in the south,” he said amid loud cheers.
The BJP chief lauded the party’s performance as the opposition in contrast to a “corrupt” Congress government.
“Our effort will ensure that the people of the state, who have decided that enough is enough, would elect a BJP government in Karnataka,” he said.
Shah reiterated that the state unit of the party should come together and ensure that BS Yeddyurappa wins the 2018 elections and form a BJP government.
Shah’s backing comes as a welcome assurance to the BJP state president and also a warning to a dissenting section of the leaders, led by KS Eshwarappa.
Earlier in the day, the state unit welcomed Shah at the airport in the presence of senior leaders Yeddyurappa, Eshwarappa, Union ministers Ananth Kumar and DV Sadananda Gowda, Jagadish Shettar, R Ashoka and CT Ravi.
No less than 2,000 to 3,000 party workers were present at the airport to welcome Shah. The party mobilised the workers from several constituencies located close to the airport as a show of strength.