Pre-election Karnataka gets warmer amidst controversy

Bangalore, Mon, 05 May 2008 NI Wire

Irked over the Karnataka Election Commissioner’s decision to strike out the price rise reference made in its TV advertisement against the Congress led UPA government, the BJP has asked the State EC to retreat from its decision failing which the party would go to public and the court.


The BJP had also another reason to get discontentment against the state EC alleging for not acting on equal terms and demanded the poll watchdog immediate banning over all pre-poll surveys.

A promotional advertisement containing a message in Kannada on the price rise and inflation depicting Congress' inappropriate and indecisive action was the root cause of price rise and an appeal to electorates to throw out such government was received by the poll panel. The commission though let the advertisement to run on private news channels, but replaced the word 'Congress and Central Government' with beep sounds.

Sushma Swaraj reacted on the act had been mockery of the message. No one had the right to quell our right of protesting or assaulting the government's decision which was a grave cause of people distress throughout the country.

Reacting over the poll panel’s decision the BJP leader Arun Jaitley told reporters in Bangalore that his party would register strong protest against the inexplicable act of the Election Commission. Inflation and skyrocketing prices of daily essential commodities are issues of paramount significance. “This is an issue of national distress. How can the Election Commission prevent us from charging the Congress and Central Government for the price rise,” he said.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj called the Election Commission's stand as undemocratic and said such a tendency was a clear threat to the democracy. Such action deters political parties to express their views freely and independently, she said.

Regarding another matter of annoyance of the party, the state BJP sought banning of pre-poll surveys after a national television channel in its telecast projected Congress winning the forthcoming assembly polls. A state BJP leader allegedly told the report was totally biased and baseless. In fact during our tour to the state we found overwhelming response from the people. The survey broadcast by national news channel is completely fake with Centre’s direction, said a party political leader.

Another senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi attacked the Election Commission for scrapping 'price rise and its responsible Congress party' from the party's promotional advertisement and said the EC move was against the democracy and its commitment to organise just and fair election. He blamed Congress for uncontrollable price rise failing which involved in the quelling of the people's voice rising against the price rise.

The BJP with its pre-emptive mind to fought Karnataka poll with making price rise as the national issue demanded the government to seriously consider the problems faced by farmers and convene a special session of Parliament for an extensive discussion on all issues pertaining to agriculture.

The BJP has been fighting fiercely for the legitimate rights of farmers but the Congress led UPA Government is unwilling to comply. We promise the people of Karnataka that when our party comes to power at the Centre we will increase the MSP of paddy to Rs 1100,”said BJP National president Rajnath Singh in a press release.

Leader of Opposition and the prime ministerial candidate L K Advani also appealed to the electorates of Karnataka on Sunday, said, “My appeal to voters is straight and simple. You have so far given Congress many a chance. You have also given various formations of the Janata Dal a chance. This time, give the BJP a chance to set things right.



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