Friday, August 20, 2010

Cong tried wooing Reddy bros: Sushma

It was the turn of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka to hit back at the Congress and in a bid to do so, it held a mammoth rally in Bellary today. Sushma Swaraj who was invited by the organizers of the rally, the Reddy brothers said that the biggest dream of the Bharatiya Janata Party was to fly the flag of the party in Andhra Pradesh.

She said she was here on the auspicious occasion of Vara Mahalakshmi 12 years back and had prayed that the BJP came to power in Karnataka. That dream has come true. I come here every year and pray on this day and today in my prayer I have asked for the flag of my party to fly high in Andhra Pradesh. I am sure my prayer will be answered and it is just a matter of time before the BJP forms the government in Andhra Pradesh.

Taking the Congress head on, on the illegal mining issue, she asked, “ why is that they have sought the resignation of the Reddy brothers. Have all of you forgotten that it is the same Congress which sought to enter into a pact with the Reddy brothers and take them into the Congress. Why do they sing a different tune today? I know the name of the Congress leader who made this offer and will reveal his name at an appropriate time. The Congress speaks so much about illegal mining, but it is the BJP which has banned the export of ore. The Congress was in power for so long, why is that they could not do it?

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa who joined the rally struck an emotional note and questioned the Congress as to why he needed to step down. Should I resign for implementing such a successful Girl education scheme? Should I step down for banning export of iron ore? The Congress has no moral right or locus standi to seek my resignation after looting the country this state for 60 years.

I have decided to take out a mega rally in the month of September. It will be a government sponsored rally and will comprise the beneficiaries of the Girl education programme or the Bhagya Lakshmi scheme. In and around Bellary alone there are 50,000 beneficiaries and this rally will be unique in nature.

Photograh: Jagadish Kurugodu

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