Mangaluru, January 10: In the membership drive conducted so far, nearly 18 lakh members have joined the BJP in Karnataka, and the state stands in the 7th place in the country, said Former Karnataka deputy chief minister R Ashok during his visit the city to campaign for the BJP membership drive.
Ashok addressed a press meet on Saturday, January 10th at the BJP office and said that under the leadership of BJP National president, Amit Shah, the party has been organizing membership campaign throughout Karnataka to make the state congress free. He said, people of Karnataka should become part of the party which has always focused on the growth of state.
He further said, we aim the state to reach first position in the drive beating Gujarat. Many of our party leaders are on a tour across the state to publicize the national membership drive. The drive is focused on creating a ‘Congress free nation’. He revealed that, Dakshina Kannada has already crossed 1 lakh memberships.
Ashok alleged that the state Congress government had failed to control the drug mafia and said, Mangaluru is a sensitive area. From past two years, ever since the Congress government came to power, drug mafia is going on uncontrolled here. He alleged that the recent murder of BJP activist Keshava Shetty at Soorinje was due to the drug mafia.
Accusing the Congress of double standards, R Ashok opined that the party leaders are confused within themselves when it comes to various bills proposed by the Congress party.
He also added, congress government has withdrawn whatever the previous BJP government had proposed, like the anti-cow slaughter bill. Even regarding the bill on government control of Maths and temples, though the government has withdrawn it, it is looking for a backdoor means to enforce the bill.
He said, the congress government has failed to maintain law and order and also failed to handle terrorist activities properly. Rape and rowdism have increased due to failure of law and order.
Krishna J Palemar- Former minister, N Yogish Bhat- former MLA, BJP District President Pratap Simha Nayak, BJP State VicePresident Sulochana Bhat and others were present in the press meet.