Denouncing the politics of NDA Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leaders of the coalition partners asked the voters to give a befitting reply in the Polling to save democracy.
Campaigning in the region has hit a peak with top leaders of the coalition partners taking to the road to battle with their arch rival BJP.
At an election rally held here, they called for overthrowing the BJP and said that failure to do so would derail democracy.
In his campaign speech, former Prime Minister and JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda reiterated the importance of the rank and file and the leadership closing ranks to take on the communal forces to safeguard the Constitution. The progress of BJP, which won 17 seats in the last Lok Sabha elections, has to be halted in the State.
“The coalition government in Karnataka was formed to fight such forces and to prevent them from coming to power again. The coming together of all the leaders of the coalition on a common platform is to send a strong message to the voters of the State,” he added.
He said the Congress and the JD(S) had good support base and strength in the Mysuru-Chamarajanagar belt and appealed to workers of both parties to sink their differences in the larger interest of the country.
In his address, Coordination Committee Chairman and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the coalition government was formed to prevent communal forces from constituting a government in Karnataka and the same arrangement was at work for the Lok Sabha elections as well. “We are fighting the BJP not only in Karnataka but across the country, where the Congress has joined hands with regional parties,” he added.
Siddaramiah said the BJP has fielded candidates in 27 out of 28 constituencies and was covertly supporting an Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh in Mandya. The Modi government has instilled fear in the minds of minorities, dalits, and farmers.
Stating that Narendra Modi’s 5-year rule came under flak, Siddaramaiah said that demonetisation had led to job loss while the GDP growth rate faltered and declined by 2 percent as warned by the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Though the Prime Minister defines himself as a ‘Chowkidar’, he safeguards only the rich like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya who fled the country after looting it, he said, accusing Modi of being a ‘bhaagidaar’ (complicit) in such loot instead of a ‘Chowkidar’.