Cong doesn't have strategy in place to win elections: JDS



Mangalore: Taking a swipe at UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's recent visit to Dakshin Kannada, former Chief Minister and State JDS President HD Kumaraswamy on Monday claimed the Congress in Karnataka has no political strategy in place to win next year's assembly election and JDS is the real opposition party which could address people's problems.

"Sonia Gandhi has cast aspersions on BJP and its misrule in the state, but hardly won people's trust. The Congress has no political strategy to contest ensuing assembly elections next year," he told a JDS convention here.

Kumaraswamy said a national party should not lower itself to the level of not having a strategy to contest elections other than pointing fingers at other parties. "In this circumstance, JDS is the real opposition in the state."

Kumaraswamy flayed former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and said that the latter was claiming that if he was given five years he would surpass Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in development.

During his reign, debt went up from Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 1.16 lakh crore,he claimed.

VAT was increased from 12.5 per cent to 14 per cent, and widow and handicap pension schemes at Rs 400 per month introduced by him were stopped, Kumaraswamy said.

The occasion also marked the celebration of 'Valmiki Jayanti.'

PTI