Bengaluru: Lambasting BJP leaders saying they did not have any moral right to organise the ‘Parivarthan Yatra, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the rally should have been named ‘Pashchathapa (Repentance) Yatra’ for all the sins BJP leaders have committed.
Addressing a press conference after a meeting with senior police officers on Thursday, the CM said took the names of BJP leaders who had gone to jail and said that it was ironical that they were holding a ‘Parivarthana Yatra’.
“BJP leaders Amit Shah, Yeddyurappa, Janardhan Reddy, Katta Subramanya Naidu, Krishniah Setty, Anand Singh, Nagendra and Suresh Babu have gone to jail on corruption charges, while its ministers resigned after they were caught watching porn in the Legislative Assembly. The party had left Janardhana Reddy to loot the state and Ballari was called ‘Republic of Ballari’. The sins that BJP leaders have committed cannot be quantified. For all that, they should organise ‘Pashchathapa (Repentance) Yatra’ and not ‘Parivarthana Yatra’. Let Amit Shah and Yeddyurappa say at the rally that they and other BJP leaders have gone to jail. In fact, the BJP leaders should first reform themselves.”
Terming the ‘Parivarthan Yatra’ a ‘big drama’, Mr Siddaramaiah said BJP leaders might have thought people of Karnataka would have forgotten all their sins. “But people are mature enough to decide who is good and who is not. The people had given a chance to the BJP in 2008 but what did they do? Corruption, dissidence within the party and maladministration ruled the roost during their tenure. It is better for BJP leaders to apologise to the people of Karnataka in the rally.”
Continuing his attack on BJP leaders, he said despite having ministers in the Union Cabinet from the state, they had not done anything for Karnataka. “They do not have the courage to speak to the Prime Minister about inter-state issues. This shows their concern for the state and its people. People will never forget how BJP took them for a ride during their tenure and people have already made their choice. We will be voted to power once again,” said a confident Siddaramaiah.