Modi wants governance delinked from squabbles - Multi-cornered fight with filmy touch


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People will vote BJP back to power: Gujarat CM

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed confidence that people of the state would delink internal squabbles witnessed in the state BJP from the good governance delivered during the last five years.

He hoped that the people of Karnataka would give the BJP a second term. Addressing a jam-packed National College Grounds here, Modi likened the situation in the state BJP to that of his home state in the late 1990s and stated that the people voted the BJP back to power with a resounding majority as the party, despite its internal bickering, had performed well in governance and administration of Gujarat.

“The BJP government was elected in Gujarat in 1995 by a two-thirds majority. However, due to internal differences in the party we had to change chief ministers four times in five years. There was a talk about the BJP being routed.

“But the government was successful in delivering developmental programmes to the people. We were voted back to power. We promised people that we had learnt from our mistakes and will not repeat them. It’s been 12 years now and we are still in power with the blessings of the people,” Modi said.

Modi said Karnataka, too, was at the same crossroads like Gujarat and stated that the government would be voted for a second term given the developmental works taken up during its tenure.

Modi held sway over people with his oratory skills. Soon after the arrival of Modi, BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar stood to speak and the crowd chanted “Modi, Modi,” urging the Gujarat leader to start his speech. The chant continued inspite of Home Minister R Ashoka’s plea that Kumar and Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar be allowed to speak at least for five minutes. The crowd relented after Modi told them that he had come all the way from Ahmedabad to listen to Shettar and Kumar.

Targeting the state Congress for not announcing its chief ministerial candidate, Modi said: “You are showing only your hand but not your face. Without seeing the face people will not be able to make out whether the hand is of a saviour or destroyer”.

Modi devoted a major part of his hard hitting speech targeting the Congress in general and Congress national vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who he repeatedly referred to as the “person born with the golden spoon”. In the few hours he spent in Bangalore, Modi did his best to hardsell the party to the people. He, however, did not mention former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa even once throughout his address.

He ridiculed the Congress for not being in a position to protect the safety of women in a small state like Delhi. “Would you like to give your state to the same party that has made a mockery of governance in Delhi”, Modi asked the audience who resounded with a roaring “no”.

He urged the electorate not to get swayed over the “false assurance and promises” made by the Congress. He drew a parallel between the growth of BJP-ruled states including Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and said not a single state ruled by the Congress had won any prime minister appreciation awards for good governance while Karnataka had bagged two of the seven appreciations this year.

Multi-cornered fight with filmy touch - Raichur city gripped by myriad problems

Raichur City Assembly constituency has never elected any candidate for the third time and, the Congress nominee Syed Yasin is striving hard to create a record of sorts.

He is locked in a bitter fight mainly restricted to Shivraj Patil of the JD(S), Trivikram Joshi of the BJP and Pooja Gandhi of the BSR Congress. Also in the fray are Basavaraj Kalasa of the Karnataka Janata Party and software engineer Haris Siddiqui although many say they don’t count at the hustings.

Yasin, sitting MLA who won in 1999 and 2008 and lost in 1994 and 2004, is banking on what he claims to be stupendous work he has done for the city.

But, his rivals lash out at him asserting that he has the habit of claiming credit for all that was done by the State or Central governments.

Yasin, son-in-law of former Union minister C K Jaffer Sharief, hands out a long list of projects which he says was taken up because of his hard work.

“I am bringing 765 kv Central grid to Raichur for which work has started on a war-footing. A project of this capacity has been taken up for the first time in the country and this will ease power problems not just in Raichur district but across the country. I expect this Rs 30,000 crore project to be ready in 2014.” He adds to his list of achiev­ements agriculture university, Mantrayalam bridge, rehabilitation of flood victims, Ashraya houses for the needy, etc.

Ask him why the Rajiv Gandhi super speciality hospital has been closed down, he blames the BJP government saying it did not take active steps to hand it over to a private healthcare company to run it after the contract with Apollo expired.

Yasin is riding on what he claims “Congress wave” and the amendment to Article 371 according special status to the Hyderabad-Karnataka region which includes Bellary district.

A popular doctor in the town, Patil of JD(S) blames both the Congress and the BJP governments for “sad state of affairs in Raichur.” Says he: “For the last 15 years, we have not seen any improvement.

Problems galore

Basic facilities have not been taken care of. People are not aspiring for five-star hotels but basic facilities. Look at the super speciality hospital , it is still closed. Mainly, the poor used to get treatment there.”

Joshi (BJP) says he is young and a fresh face but refutes the charge that he is a new-comer.

“I am in politics for the last 25 years. I was chairman of the Nanjundappa report implementation committee. My appeal is: Raichur’s health is bad, cast your vote but chose the right candidate.”

Film star Pooja Gandhi is busy on door-to-door campaign. act that a section of people live in most unhygienic condition. Two rivers flow nearby but Raichur is facing water problem, there is a power station but the city is devoid of electricity.”

Congress has gained strength by the entry of former MLA A Papareddy of the BJP. Many say JD(S) is facing resentment over Patil’s candidature though he denies it.

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