Bengaluru: State BJP leaders get a slice of Shah’s fury as empty chairs greet him at the Karnataka Parivartan rally .
Shah was reportedly infuriated at the fact that the State leaders were a failure in ensuring more crowd at the venue .He took Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, party’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa and others to task for their poor organisation skills.
The launch was at the Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre on the outskirts of the City on Tumakuru Road. The scheduled inauguration was at 11 am but Amit Shah was held up for hours at the airport as the car to pick him up was stuck in traffic jam. Besides, huge traffic on the stretch that delayed his arrival at the venue too added to his anger.
According to sources, this reportedly upset Shah forcing him to fly from the airport to the venue. Thousands of bike riders from all over the State arrived at the venue to participate in the Yatra. BJP workers and spectators also arrived in buses, cars bringing traffic to a standstill on Tumakuru Road, putting daily commuters to inconvenience. Motorists were seen cursing the Yatra as even several ambulances were also stuck.
However, when he reached the venue, he was welcomed by empty chairs. Sensing trouble, Goel reportedly asked some of the leaders to leave the dais and occupy the chairs. However, it is reported that the leaders failed to react it. Seemingly irritated at this, minister Goel went up to some of the leaders and requested them to sit in the chairs meant for workers, to cover up.
Earlier Shah addressing party workers criticised Siddaramiah government for giving prominence to Tipu Jayanti over Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations.
“There was no fervour that Karnataka Rajyotsava deserved for, Siddaramaiah is more keen on celebrating Tipu Jayanti on November 10,” Shah said. Organising Tipu Jayanti is just a vote bank politics, and it will do no good to people.
Shah accused the Congress government of “most corrupt State” in the country as there are ministers who face allegations of unaccounted money. “Yet, Siddaramaiah did not seek resignations from them,” Shah remarked.
He also sought account for the Centre’s funds released to the State. “The Centre has released funds, but it has not reached the people of Karnataka. The onus is on Siddaramaiah to give an account of this money,” Shah said.
The launch was attended by BJP State In-charge Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goel along with all BJP leaders from the State. The rally will conclude on Jan 25 at Chamundeshwari, the constituency from where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be contesting. BJP State General Secretary Shobha Karandlaje is the co-ordinator of the Yatra.
Twitterati mocks Shah’s failed rally
After Shah rally turned out poor, many people take on twitter mocking the failure to attract crowd at one of the biggest venue in the heart of Bengaluru city.
BJP Bhakts watch the video & judge for yourself
Expected – 1 lakh ppl
Crowd – 3000 ppl
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) November 2, 2017
— Zero Tolerance (@SofiaKhandelwal) November 2, 2017
— Mayur Panghaal (@mayurpanghaal) November 3, 2017
With PTI inputs