In an interview with a leading news agency, AICC spokesperson and Karnataka Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao talked about the Congress’s strategy to counter the BJP in Karnataka Assembly Election 2018.
Commenting the possibility of the BJP doing an Uttar Pradesh in Karnataka he said, “It is impossible for the BJP to do an Uttar Pradesh in Karnataka. This is a Southern state and not a Northern state. Secondly, there was anti-incumbency about different parties over the last 15 years but in Karnataka, there is no anti-incumbency. In fact, we have a lot of confidence, strength and unity within the ranks. Communal politics will not work here. We have given a government that has taken everyone along. There is no question of Uttar Pradesh repeating here.”
He also claimed that Congress have good leaders in the Karnataka as compared to the BJP. Yeddyruppa’s leadership has weakened and now the BJP is planning to bring Modi and Amit Shah to woo voters in the state. In reply to the BJP’s nationwide strategy he said that Karnataka Congress got some leaders, capable of taking on the PM Narendra Modi in the forthcoming assembly elections.
Talking about the BJP claims of winning 150 seats in Karnataka, Rao said, “BJP talks in the air. Their ‘Mission 150’ is no longer spoken of. BJP claimed that they will win the Gundlupet and Nanjangud by-polls and it will set the tone for the 2018 elections but after being humbled there, they are seeing what Congress has delivered. They talk without facts and figures in hand. Their mission 150 is bogus and for us, there is no such mission. We will get a majority. We will take our achievements to the people and we are confident that we will win a majority.
He also ruled possibility of early elections in Karnataka. Adding to it he said that Congress have been given term of five years and the party will complete it. The Karnataka assembly election 2018 will be held as per schedule. Talking about BJP election campaigns he said that he BJP does more of falsifying campaigns in which they use emotional issues to draw people by their side in the name of religion and communal tactics. However, Congress’s plank is harmony and development. When asked about senior party leader K C Venugopal, he said, “He is a very hands-on person and very direct. He is an experienced man who has been an MLA, MP and Union Minister. He comes with a lot of authority and experience.”