Bellary: After Karnataka in the south, BJP
is now eyeing to come to power in the neighbouring Andhra
Pradesh within a decade, senior leader of the party Sushma
Swaraj said here on Friday.
Addressing a huge party rally here on the occasion of
"Varamahalakshmi" festival Swaraj said, "Today, when I
performed pooja, I prayed that we want to form Government in
Andhra Pradesh in less than ten years."
The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha said when she
celebrated the festival here in 2000, a year after she lost to
the Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Lok Sabha polls, she
prayed to Almighty to bring her party to power in Karnataka.
BJP came to power on its own strength in Karnataka in
Swaraj had been visiting Bellary every year in the last
one decade during the "Varamahalakshmi" festival.
She noted that when she contested Parliamentary polls in
1999, Bellary was a Congress citadel but after that BJP had
consistently made inroads winning elections after elections,
eventually leading to the party forming the government.
From Bellary to Bangalore and now to Hyderabad, she said.
Swaraj concluded the speech with "Jai Bharat, Jai
Karnataka, Jai Bellary", and then quipped: "next time, its
also "Jai Andhra".