After delivering on guarantees, Congress buckles up for BBMP, 2024 Lok Sabha polls

By M K Ashoka

Bengaluru, Jun 4 (IANS): Following the announcement of guarantees promised during polls in Karnataka, the Congress party is bursting with confidence to win maximum seats in Lok Sabha elections. The Congress party has garnered tremendous goodwill across the state.

After suffering a humiliating defeat in the assembly elections, opposition BJP in the state is trying hard to find a momentum in the state. The Congress high command on the other hand is successfully sending positive messages one after the other to the people of the state. The grand old party elders have managed to resolve the differences between the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and State party President and DyCM D.K. Shivakumar.

Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah are looking united and focused post the formation of the cabinet. The Congress has allotted plum cabinet posts to Dalits, OBCs and minorities and also ensured the proper representation to dominant castes. By electing a Muslim speaker for the first time in the history of the state and alotting two cabinet portfolios, the party had ensured that Muslim vote bank remained intact.

By announcing the dates of implementation of guarantee schemes, the masses irrespective of party and affiliations have appreciated the move of Congress party. DyCM D.K. Shivakumar has described the development as historic, and the first time in the country, five guarantees of the scale were implemented in the country in a day.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday declared that all five guarantees would be implemented by this financial year. The scheme of free bus travel will come into effect by June 11. Free power up to 200 units will be given from July. Women heads will get Rs 2,000 from August and Free 10 kilograms of rice for all members of BPL card will be given from July 1.

Following the announcement of the date of implementation of five guarantees by the Karnataka Congress government, Shivakumar challenged that now it is the turn of the Union government to keep their promises. Soon, the Central government will face a litmus test in the form of Lok Sabha elections. "To pass the test, they need to keep their promises," he added.

Commenting on the criticism by the opposition parties especially BJP on guarantee schemes, Shivakumar urged that instead of criticism, let the Prime Minister bring black money from abroad and deposit Rs 15 lakh to individual bank accounts as promised. Let them (BJP) create 2 crore jobs promised to be created and double the income of farmers, Shivakumar stated.

In turn, BJP is yet to elect the leader of the opposition and the state unit is found lacking towards rejuvenating spirits of the party workers. Former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is finding it difficult to answer repeated questions regarding the selection of opposition leader.

Former CM Bommai's attack on Congress party after announcement of guarantee schemes by dubbing the development as a farce had few takers. BJP had swept 25 seats out of 28 in the last parliamentary elections when former CM B.S. Yediyurappa was at the helm and leading the party.

Congress won only one seat against the Modi wave following the Balakot incident and retaliatory action by the Central government against Pakistan in 2019. AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge too lost elections against BJP candidate Umesh Jadhav on his home turf.

Now, since PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah's combined efforts are falling flat in Karnataka assembly elections, the Congress is clearly aiming at winning more than 20 seats. Mallikarjun Kharge has taken the revenge as his appeal of claiming himself as Bhoomi Putra of Karnataka struck a chord with the people and sunk campaigning blitzkrieg by PM Modi and Amit Shah.

Sources in the Congress party confirmed that the process of selection of candidates has already started. With Dalit and Muslim vote banks intact, the Congress is confident that it will also give no option for the BJP to get back the Lingayat vote bank. Vokkaliga community is now rallying behind Dy CM Shivakumar.

The party is also strategising to hold elections for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to wrestle civic agency of IT city Bengaluru. While Congress is treading cautiously and aggressively against Hindutva, BJP camp is looking dull and wanting, torn with internal strife.






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  • JK, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    Which guarantee has been delivered as promised?, 200 units free now?, answer is no.

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  • Jairam Mulky, Moodbidri

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Our DK MPs should fight for our people to get 15lakh rupees deposited to our account. This is a good challenge for them before LS elections

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Where all the makers disappeared abruptly ? "Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid." Our Nalin can learn some lessonss.

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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Sampath: if government directs banks and lic to give loans as given to adani than even you can also buy but you know even though you are andhbhakt government will not recommend banks to give you even one rupee, so I think even you are selling ice candy that is why you know about it.

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    The Banks have management to decide on whom to give loans and whom not to give. Government cannot dictate on this. if govt did anything and you have some proof please hand it over. What is open is Dr Manmohan singh helping Mallya when Kingfisher Airlines was in mess.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    What about ana list of gujju gang who ran way Apna Méhul bhai,Nirav modi,Lalith modi...latest ABG shipyard king pin rishi aggrawal enjoying life in singapore with looted 28000 crores from indian banks

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Dear Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai, Comment on topics you understand please. Do you know where does the money deposited into NPS get invested in? Do you know where does the money collected by EPFO gets invested in? LIC is listed in NSE as well as BSE and will have to follow rules just like publicly listed companies. They also bought into Adani Euphoria like many others. Can Adani books be inflated with LIC's money alone? There are others who are also invested who also bought into its meteoric rise. OK...if you question why does government managed institutions invest in dalal street, I would have understood. Investment in Adani is tip of the iceberg. We are headed the US way....who are hoping for healthy pensions while Government invested in stock market which is economically infeasible to sustain and will take many a old people's retirement funds with it when it falls.

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  • Adarsh, mumbai

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    everyone knows always karnataka government changes. it is also seen the state government which is elected always not getting chance to win in centre. few months back BJP won majority in gujarth too.

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, Malad -Malwani

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    People have voted for development .They have preferred peace and not carried away by hatred.New government will fulfill its promises . Picture of our state will change in coming years.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Not a single word from the noise maker/comedian. I would not think that he would not waste his energy and stale phrases for LS elections.🤡🤭

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    After delivering on guarantees, Congress buckles....... Where are the noise makers ? They got a lesson of life ! Next will snatching their rule at the Centre. No more wagging, motionless. tail is under stress and now original mode

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ದಕ್ಲು ಬುಲತ್ತೊಂದು ಇತ್ತೆರ್ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ನಕ್ಲೆನ ೫ ಪ್ರಾಮಿಸಸ್ ಒಲ್ಪ ಪೊಂದು. ಇತ್ತೇ ಬೊಗ್ಗಿ ಡಾ ಬೀಳಾ ಲೆಕ್ಕ ಮನಿಪಂದೆ ;ಅಡ್ಡ ಜತ್ತೊಂದು ಉಲ್ಲೆರ್

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  • ramesh, managlore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Bantwal, Putur, woman will pay bus ticket even we pay electricity bill

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    you mean to say those who roll beedis? i have seen them standing to take rice during ramzaan times...malla malla budodchi...

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    In Bantwal and putur woman used to work and their sons roam around cows.

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  • Alphonso Fernandes, Mangalore DerebaIL

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Ok Sir, thanks for supporting the Karnataka Govt. with you people"s resposible gesture.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    First try to pay 1000 litre petrol 😂

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    jai bande, jai huliya...go ahead..thod do nagpur gulamon ki no one can stop Congress...your guarantees were the master stroke which gave a tight slap to feku and the only option through which they can win the gullible voters of India is well known to all....sacrificing lambs

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Only people from DK and Udupi will trust gujjus...They are the biggest fraud in entire country 😂😆....NMPT will be sold to Adani before Lok Sabha elections.... 😂

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  • Sampath, DxB

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    If you have money then give Competition to Adani and buy nmpt....else sell icecandy out side nmpt gate...

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  • Nayan, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Good one. Other option is cycle puncture shop.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    Plz come back from DXB..Adani have a job for you 😂

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    BJP is collecting heavy taxes and spends recklessly on non-humanitarian issues. Least bothered about Fuel and other basis commodities prices. Congres have kept up their premisses and have impresses the people highly. Without any doubts or second thought this will make a big difference on LS elections too. The dictator cannot be a King nor a Superman man other than Feku and fekuism ! 🤡🧐🤓

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