BJP govt in K’taka has failed on all fronts: Cong

Bangalore: Slamming the ruling BJP for "failing on all fronts", Congress in Karnataka on Sunday launched a campaign against the government, appealing to people to oust it.

Congress leaders, who addressed a well attended rally on the city outskirts, lashed out at the BJP government and accused it of neglecting people in drought-hit areas.

Upbeat over Congress' victory in the recent Udupi-Chimagalur Lok Sabha bypoll, they began their campaign -- Congress ge banni. Badalavane Thanni (Come to Congress, Usher in a Change) by beating drums and with a call to people to oust the BJP government.

KPCC president G Parameshwara likened the government led by Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to a "clinically alive patient". "This government is on a ventilator. The moment the ventilator is removed, it will collapse. People should get ready to remove the ventilator in the next assembly election".

The administrative machinery has crumbled in the state in the wake of power struggle among BJP leaders, he alleged, taking a dig at the leadership tussle between former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Gowda.

Parameshwara and Opposition leader in the state assembly Siddaramaiah hit out at the "resort politics" of BJP leaders.

When 123 taluks faced severe drought, the BJP members were at a resort, Siddaramaaih said.

Siddaramaiah promised that if the Congress returned to power it would revive the distribution of rice to poor at Rs three per kg, a programme which was shelved by BJP.

Congress General Secretary Madusudan Mistry, also in-charge of Karnataka, said the state BJP has emulated "Gujarat Model" in respect of viewing porn by its MLAs inside the assembly.

"While two MLAs viewed blue film in Karnataka, three MLAs did it in Gujarat. Here Yeddyurappa is facing corruption. In Gujarat Modi is accused of corruption which has been brought out by a CAG report", he said.

Mistry said Congress President Sonia Gandhi will visit Tumkur on April 28 to participate in the 105th birthday celebrations of Siddganga mutt seer Shivakumar Swamiji.

The party will continue the campaign across the state against the BJP "misrule," he said.