Will Win Kar­nataka for BJP

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

What is your plan of ac­tion as the BJP state pres­i­dent of Kar­nataka? Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and BJP All In­dia Pres­i­dent Amit Shah have given me a tar­get—come back to power in Kar­nataka. That is my re­spon­si­bil­ity. Our present po­si­tion is not good. We have only 47 MLAS, in nine dis­tricts (out of 30) we have no rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in 13 we have only one MLA. My tar­get is to con­cen­trate where we are weak like Mandya, Ra­mana­garam, Ko­lar, Has­san (JDS- dom­i­nated dis­tricts) and win 150 seats (out of 224). For the next two years, I don’t have any other work ex­cept sit­ting in the of­fice for three days and tour­ing the state for three to four days.

ON CHIEF MIN­IS­TER­SHIP They (PM and Shah) have made it very clear that they have made me the state pres­i­dent only to make me the next chief min­is­ter of the state. They didn’t want any con­fu­sion in this mat­ter

You will turn 75 by 2018. Won’t that make you el­i­gi­ble for the margdar­shak man­dal? There is no ques­tion of it. They (PM and Shah) have made it very clear that they have made me the state pres­i­dent only to make me the next chief min­is­ter of the state. They were ini­tially plan­ning to make some­one else the pres­i­dent and an­nounce my name as the chief min­is­ter. They didn’t want any con­fu­sion in this mat­ter so they have made me the party pres­i­dent also.

Any plan to en­gi­neer de­fec­tions in Kar­nataka like what was done in Arunachal Pradesh and Ut­tarak­hand? In politics, it de­pends on the sit­u­a­tion at that moment, whether in Kar­nataka or any other state. If mem­bers of the rul­ing party say they don’t want to be with it and want to go with oth­ers, then there will be another gov­ern­ment. It is quite nat­u­ral and can­not be pre­vented by any­one in a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. It is too early to say any­thing about Kar­nataka, but I don’t rule it out. No­body is de­fect­ing from the BJP.

The state gov­ern­ment says Ma­ha­rash­tra got more drought funds than Kar­nataka The Cen­tre has re­leased .₹ 1,500 crore for drought re­lief. He (Sid­dara­ma­iah) has not spent more than .₹ 400 crore. The PM has sent another team now to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion. What­ever fa­cil­ity our state gov­ern­ment wants the Cen­tre is will­ing to give. We have no step-moth­erly at­ti­tude. Be it rail­ways, na­tional high­way or power sec­tor we are mak­ing huge achieve­ments . But Sid­dara­ma­iah is not will­ing to make use of it.

Do you think Ma­ha­rash­tra can do bet­ter in deal­ing with the drought? There are nine states in the coun­try cur­rently strug­gling with drought. My sug­ges­tion to all of them is go for de­silt­ing of your tanks and store wa­ter. Make it manda­tory for all those who have borewells to grow fod­der.

Baba Ramdev said he would like to be­head any­one who doesn’t chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Be­ing born and brought up in this coun­try and rais­ing a clam­our against Bharat Mata Ki Jai is an un­for­giv­able crime. Can we doubt our own mother? Can we dis­cuss about be­lief and trust with re­gard to her? Dis­cussing Bharat Mata Ki Jai, for the first time af­ter all these years of In­de­pen­dence is in­sult­ing. He (Ramdev) has said it be­cause of anger that this kind of sit­u­a­tion has come about. That is his per­sonal opin­ion. But it is true.

Will the BJP gov­ern­ment go for a Ram Mandir at Ay­o­d­hya any­time soon? The Cen­tre will take the cor­rect de­ci­sion at the right time. The Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad has asked for a bill to be brought in Par­lia­ment. They have their own agenda. How the BJP re­sponds to it de­pends on the sit­u­a­tion.

The PM has faced a drop in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent times and is be­ing called anti-farmer and anti-stu­dent The en­tire world is ap­pre­ci­at­ing him. In New York, the UNO is cel­e­brat­ing Dr Babasa­heb Ambed­kar. The PM has pro­jected him to that ex­tent. Yo­gasana is one part of what he is do­ing but this is the other side. The PM en­sured for the first time that the Lok Sabha dis­cussed Babasa­heb Ambed­kar for two days. This shows the kind of con­cern he has for the SC/ST and back­ward classes. For the first time, the PM is talk­ing of vil­lage, farmer and the farm labourer. He has also al­lo­cated the max­i­mum amount of funds for them. There is no ques­tion of be­ing anti-farmer. As for be­ing anti-stu­dent, you can­not take a small in­ci­dent and see it in that light. Youth across the coun­try are ap­pre­ci­at­ing the PM.

What are BJP poll prospects in As­sam, West Ben­gal, Ker­ala and Tamil Nadu? We are try­ing to im­prove our po­si­tion in all these states. We will win As­sam.

The Congress has taken PM’s cam­paign ad­vi­sor Prashant Kishore in an at­tempt to win UP. Is that a mat­ter of worry? I don’t think Prashant Kishor will make any dif­fer­ence to the Congress prospects in UP. We have got the max­i­mum MPs there and we will work hard day and night.

There are still two pend­ing cases of cor­rup­tion against you Yes there are two cases still pend­ing against me. One is al­most reach­ing a con­clu­sion. I have al­ways be­lieved in the ju­di­ciary. I have not done any­thing wrong. I am cer­tain I will get jus­tice and come out clean in the re­main­ing cases also. (In­ter­viewed­bySowmyaAji)

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