Amit Shah: 'Karnataka wants good governance not goonda governance'

Amit Shah. Reuters file

Amit Shah. Reuters file

The BJP - which is hoping to wrest power from the Congress in Karnataka - has pitched law and order as one of the key issues in the coming assembly elections in the state.

A group of BJP workers returning from an event addressed by party president Amit Shah in Karnataka, was attacked, allegedly by Congress workers.

Meanewhile, BJP leader R Ashok said that Vidwath was not a BJP worker.

When BJP workers were returning from Udupi to Mangaluru after Amit Shah's speech at Malpe on Tuesday, a fight broke between people of two communities.

Sources also said that Shah is not anxious about candidates and has asked booth level workers to get votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Appeasement and polarisation here reflect an example where the son of an MLA Haris thrashed a man but there was no FIR. Why?

Accusing the Siddaramaiah government of pursuing "appeasement and vote bank politics", Shah said one after the other more than 20 BJP and RSS activists had been killed in the state. "Our party president has said that he is our party member".

However, the police have already filed an FIR against Mohammed Haris Nalapad on charges of assault and attempt to murder. It has been flagged repeatedly in election rallies by its star campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke of the "ease of doing murder" in the state earlier this month. The BJP and Congress have started looking for candidates who will guarantee them a win in the state.

Stressing the need for strengthening the party at the booth level, Shah said if this didn't happen, "government can just come and go, but can't continue like in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh". "The BJP is a party with a different work culture". Political analysts believe that it is these meetings that will truly kick-start the BJP campaign in Karnataka. "Is goondaism by Haris's son created by BJP?" asked Mr Shettar.

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