BJP Chief Amit Shah on three-day visit to Karnataka

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 12, 2017

BJP president Amit Shah arrived here on Saturday on a three-day visit to Karnataka to re-energise the rank and file, and asserted that the party stood united and would return to power in next year's assembly polls under the leadership of state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa.

In Goa, Shah deployed Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to patch together a coalition, while the Congress, which had won a larger share of seats, squandered a low-hanging fruit under the inept management of Digvijay Singh.

BJP national president Amit Shah will spend three days (August 12-14) in poll-bound state while the Congress vice president will spend a day and address the Samanatha Samavesha. In the wake of the defections, the Congress perfunctorily accused the BJP of "foul play of democracy" but, in retrospect, that has accounted for little.

The political mood in Karnataka is now very heightened, particularly because the state's Congress unit played a role in ensuring the nail-biting victory of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, which Shah and the BJP had done their best to avert. The victory was sweeter as the Congress lost out on 53 seats, slumping from 79 to 26 seats while the BJP under Sarbananda Sonowal won a phenomenal 60 seats. "He intends to focus more on the constituencies where the party has a very weak base", said a party leader. From its bigwigs to its workers, Congress' collective morale is down in the dumps. No wonder then that senior Congress leaders like Jairam Ramesh feel that it is kosher to bite the party's head on public platforms bemoaning dramatically the "existential crisis" and the loss of the sultanate.

"In his brief two minutes "motivational" speech, with intermittent slogan of Bharat Mata Ki Jai", Shah said:" Brothers and sisters I have nothing much to say today, except "aab ki baar BJP sarkar" (This time BJP government)".

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