Bidar: KS Eshwarappa, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party would not hesitate to form an alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular) to bring a non-Congress government to power in Karnataka.
Mr Eshwarappa, who was here on Friday to inaugurate an executive committee meeting of the BJP Slum Morcha, said that his party would do anything to dethrone Congress in the State.
“The Congress is getting the jitters just because JD(S) leader H.D Kumaraswamy and BJP leader B.S. Yeddurappa met in Hubballi. This shows the insecurity of the Siddharamaiah government and his party,” he said. Mr. Eshwarappa said the people were disgusted with the government and wanted it to go.
The BJP would start a campaign seeking the removal of Shivaraj Tangadagi from the State Cabinet as he was facing allegations of supporting rowdy elements who killed Yallalinga, a college student in Koppal district. The Minister who had no time for the victim’s family, went to the jail to console the accused, Mr. Eswarappa said.
“That is because the accused is the Minister’s supporter,” he alleged.
He challenged Mr. Siddharamaiah to settle dues of sugarcane growers before attending the Assembly session on July 29. “Otherwise, we will stall the proceedings,” Mr. Eshwarappa said.
BJP leaders would lead a protest rally from the house of a farmer who committed suicide in Badal Ankalagi village in Belagavi taluk to the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, the venue of the Assembly session, he said.
The BJP leader alleged that the children of Congress leaders were involved in illegal sand extraction. He also wondered whether the sugar lobby was controlling the government.
“BJP workers and leaders will stage a State-wide protest against the government if it did not issue land ownership rights to slum dwellers in 100 says. We will protest outside the Chief Minister’s residence in Bengaluru,” he added.