BJP State unit forms a team to delve into Siddaramaiah’s alleged role in denotification
The Bharatiya Janata Party is set to take up the ‘target Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’ campaign on a mission mode following directions from its national president Amit Shah.
The campaign seeks the Chief Minister’s resignation for alleged denotification of large tracts of land acquired by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for the formation of Arkavathi Layout here.
Taking cue, the BJP State unit on Wednesday constituted a team led by the former Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar to dig out more on Mr. Siddaramaiah’s alleged role in denotification of large parcels of land to strengthen its campaign.
The committee, which also comprises the former Minister V. Somanna and a few legislators from the city, has been told to accomplish the task within a fortnight with the help of its legal cell, according to BJP State unit president Pralhad Joshi.
“We had sent documents related to the denotification issue to Mr. Shah. After studying them, he told me the issue was a serious one. He instructed us to launch a campaign seeking the Chief Minister’s resignation with all vigour and also work seriously towards taking this to the logical end,” Mr. Joshi told reporters after meetings of the party’s State office-bearers and prominent leaders from the districts to chalk out a strategy for taking these issues before the people.
According to sources, Mr. Shah has asked the party State unit to brief him about the progress of the campaign once a fortnight. It is learnt that the party is also considering approaching the court over the denotification issue.
Mr. Shah’s focus on Karnataka has raised curiosity in the political circles as this is one of the few States where the Congress has a dominant presence. This approach of targeting the head of the Congress government is also being viewed by some leaders as a strategy to put the BJP back in the reckoning in Karnataka.
The party has decided to launch its protest in Davangere, Mysore, Hubli and Gulbarga on Thursday to highlight the denotification issue. The party is also getting ready to launch another agitation against the delay in releasing funds for housing scheme beneficiaries in rural areas and glitches in the Bhagyalakshmi scheme for girl children.