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Siddaramaiah govt "anti-Hindu", alleges BJP chief Amit Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Chitradurga (Karnataka) 

Calling the in "anti-Hindu", chief accused it of perpetrating atrocities on and workers, claiming 20 of them were killed in the state over the last three years. He alleged that the was pursuing "vote bank" as part of which it withdrew cases against SDPI workers despite the organisation being involved in "anti-national activities". Shah also demanded that the dispensation account for Rs 3 lakh crore the gave it for development. "In the last three years, we lost 20 and workers (in the state)," he told a rally at Holalkere near here, and claimed the was not getting the cases probed properly. "Stop your atrocities on our workers, for once we come to power we will investigate the cases and send you to jail," he warned. "This anti-Hindu is playing vote Though it is established that the SDPI is indulging in anti-national activities, all the cases against them have been withdrawn, Shah said. (SDPI) is the political wing of the (PFI). probe agency has claimed several SDPI and PFI activists were involved in terror-related cases. Raising the pitch for the upcoming Assembly polls in the state, the chief said he has come to to respond to Siddaramaiah's charge that the did not release adequate funds for the state. Shah is on a two-day visit to Karnataka, where Assembly polls are due early this year, to make it battle ready for accomplishing the mission of securing 150-plus seats in the 224-member House. This is his second visit in the last 11 days. "A few days ago asked at a press conference what the at the Centre did for the country and Here is my reply...we gave the state Rs 3 lakh crore," he said. Shah said the previous Congress-led UPA at the Centre had released Rs 88,583 crore under the 13th Finance Commission to Karnataka, while the Modi dispensation gave it Rs 2.19 lakh crore under the Additionally, the state got Rs 79,000 crore under various schemes. Seeking to connect with his audience, Shah asked them whether the money reached their villages. The crowd responded with an emphatic "no". Shah claimed under the state's dispensation the assets of its leaders grew manifold and they shifted to four- storeyed buildings from tin-roofed houses and drove in swanky cars instead of the humble mopeds. "The ate up all the money released by the apart from the taxes you paid.

This is steeped in corruption," he alleged. Raking up the controversies over Siddaramaiahs Rs 70 lakh watch and alleged irregularities in denotification of land in Arkavathi layout, Shah sought to know why Energy Minister D K Shivakumar was still in his Cabinet though income tax raids against him "unearthed crores of rupees". was embroiled in a controversy over the diamond-studded watch, which was reportedly gifted to him. He later handed it over to the in March 2016, asking him to treat it as a state asset. "is totally disconnected from people due to corruption. In the last five years, the worked for the welfare of workers and leaders instead of people of the state," Shah said. "If I go on listing all corruption cases, I will end up holding a 'Bhagwat Saptaah' (week-long Bhagwat Purana recital)," the president said. He asked people to bless the so it can win all the 224 seats in and uproot the Shah's public meeting was part of the statewide 75-day "Parivarthana Yatra" undertaken by the to "expose the misdeeds" of the The BJP, which ruled the state from 2008 to 2013, is eyeing to unseat the in one of its last bastions.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 18:35 IST
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