Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday claimed BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa was practising untouchability by eating food brought from outside at a dalit's home, despite home-cooked food readily available. Shah further indicated that Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani would be the party's choice for the top post in the state, asserting that it would win more than 150 seats in the Assembly polls slated later this year.
The chief minister said all these days Yeddyurappa hadn't visited a dalit's home.
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However, Shah didn't reveal about party's chief ministerial face in Himachal Pradesh, which goes to polls along with Gujarat.
Reacting with sarcasm and derision to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s decision of naming B.S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Ministerial face in the upcoming Karnataka polls, Congress has said that he will be the part of "mook- darshak mandal" (silent brigade) by the time he will contest elections. He also said that he would visit the state soon following action against leaders suspected of being responsible for internal wrangling. He has largely been non-controversial, mid-line toeing politician who does not believe in confrontation or aggression.
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He was welcomed back to the BJP, ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and he proved himself to be an acceptable leader once again among the masses and the party leadership.
Later, addressing a press conference marking three years of the Narendra Modi regime, Mr. Shah said the government had performed, especially in delivery of welfare measures and public services. These party workers would also educate people about the pro-people schemes launched by the BJP-ruled state as well as the Centre, Gujarat BJP vice president, I K Jadeja said.
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But the total, it said, "will be less than half the level of 2012, when prices were more than double current levels". In December, Congress approved the sale of $2 billion of crude from the SPR to pay for maintenance and repairs.
"It (Karnataka election) will be fought under Yeddyurappa", Mr Shah said.