Karnataka Assembly polls 2013: Arun Jaitley all praise for state BJP

Arun Jaitley backed Karnataka BJP and praised it for completing the five year term inspite of challenges that they faced.

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2013, 18:27 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Bangalore: The party may be on the back foot in Karnataka due to allegations of corruption and non-governance, but nonetheless Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley backed the state BJP and praised it for completing the five year term inspite of challenges that they faced.

Arun Jaitley told the BJP cadre in the state while unveiling the party’s manifesto recently, “The BJP succeeded in installing its first government in the south five years ago. We have governed and completed (our) full term taking up challenges for the people.”

“Whenever the party faced challenges, it stood by values rather than individuals. Politically, we have emerged cleaner, stronger and more cohesive,” he added.

The Bhartiya Janata Party has promised 25kg rice at one rupee a kg to the poor and free laptops to class 12 and college students if voted to power again.

Lessons on "cultural nationalism" and moral values, introduction of Yoga as part of syllabus in schools and colleges, priority for Kannada medium students in higher education and employment, free Wi-Fi and Internet for all schools and colleges are other promises made in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto for the poll.

Releasing the manifesto here on April 19, senior party leader Arun Jaitley contended that the one rupee a kg rice and free laptops offers were not populist schemes. The cheap rice scheme would ensure right to food to the poor while students would make good use of IT equipment in a state known as India`s tech hub.

With IANS inputs