Congress padyatra ineffective, says BJP

The ruling BJP in Karnataka Thursday said the loss of Congress in both the assembly seats that went to bypolls showed its Bellary padayatra on mining issue was `ineffective`.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 15:45 PM IST

Bangalore: The ruling BJP in Karnataka Thursday
said the loss of Congress in both the assembly seats that went
to bypolls showed its Bellary padayatra on mining issue was
`ineffective` and described its own defeat in Gulbarga South
as `unexpected`.

"The Congress lost in both which shows that the padyatra
has been ineffective. They failed to retain even their seat
in Kadur which clearly indicates that people want to vote for
improvement and have done so," Home Minister Dr V S Acharya
said here.

"We had hoped to win both the seats but the defeat in
Gulbarga South was unexpected", he said attributing the
victory of JDS candidate Aruna Patil to "sympathy wave".

In the prestigious byelections held on September 13,
BJP`s Y C Vishwanath wrested the Kadur seat but failed to
retain Gulbarga South where Patil defeated Congress`s Ajay
Singh, son of former Chief Minister Dharam Singh.

The Congress had last month undertaken a 302-km padayatra
from Bangalore to Bellary on the issue of illegal mining.

State unit BJP President K S Eshwarappa expressed
satisfaction over the results. The outcome had shown the
Congress cannot continue to `divide` people in the name of
caste, he said referring to the party`s defeat in Kadur.

In Gulbarga South, the electorate have rejected `dynastic
politics` by dumping Congress nominee, Ajay Singh, he said.

He defended the BJP`s decision to deny ticket to Aruna,
wife of late BJP MLA Chandrasekhara Patil Revoor, standing for
elections on a JDS ticket, saying she was fielded due to
`indiscipline`.

He sought to downplay victory of JDS in Gulbarga by
ascribing it to the sympathy factor. The poll verdict was also
against the leadership of Siddaramaiah, Dharam Singh and Union
Labour Minister Mallikajun Kharge, he claimed.

He said Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa planned to expand
his ministry within a month.

PTI