BENGALURU: Top Congress leaders held a consultation meeting regarding ticket distribution for constituencies in Vijayapura district on Wednesday and to prepare for the upcoming Assembly election.
Those present in the meeting included All India Congress (AICC) general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala, Election Ticket Scrutiny Committee chairman Mohan Prakash, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Commitee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar and Opposition leaders Siddaramaiah among others.
Shivakumar exuded confidence that the Basavaraj-led BJP government in Karnataka will not be able to secure more than 65 seats in the elections slated in the state later this year. “We’re confident of our numbers. We know that the BJP will not get more than 65 seats. According to my information, they will come down to 40 seats”, Shivakumar told reporters. He recalled that the BJP had got 40 seats earlier also when B S Yediyurappa was Chief Minister.
Shivakumar said that all people, including farmers, are saying the same thing that the BJP will not get more than 65 seats this time. “We have almost discussed 75 per cent of seat allotments. A decision on all seats will be taken soon, then we’ll send them to the high command”, he added.
On March 2, in an exclusive interview with ANI, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that BJP will win the Assembly elections with full majority and added that the Congress was making false promises to win the polls, which, he said, will not work.
On being questioned whether Congress has a chance of winning the elections, Bommai said that Congress is trying to win the polls, but will not succeed as their track record is bad and they didn’t do anything for the people while they were in power. He said Congress only divided the society while they were in power.
“They did nothing, especially for the SCs and STs. That is why they are not in the government. Now they are trying a lot and making false promises which are impossible to be fulfilled. They are saying they will give Rs 2,000 to each household and for that, they require Rs 24,000 crore every year. How will they get this huge amount? Congress is desperate to win the polls, which is why they are making false promises”, Bommai had said. (ANI)