Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bomai, in his meeting with top BJP leaders in New Delhi, said that halal meat and hijab could win some votes, but the government must focus on budget proposals and implementation of infrastructure projects to focus on development. ‘, The report said.
Indian Express His report said the meeting reiterated that the state BJP unit was going through a complete transformation and there was no possibility of early elections.
The report further quoted sources as saying that the beleagured chief minister was told that a long awaited cabinet reshuffle would take place soon after the national leadership approves the list submitted to the central leadership.
The changes are expected to be finalized during the visit of BJP national general secretary Arun Singh and party chief JP Nadda (April 16-17) to Karnataka on April 12-24, the report said. .
The central leadership, which includes both Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah, has refused to hold elections scheduled for May 2023, as some leaders have suggested, the report quoted sources as saying. “Instead, they suggested that the party’s restructuring itself, while the government, after the reshuffle, should focus on governance,” said one source, adding that the projects Bomai was asked to focus on included irrigation works to get farmers back. Those who are dissatisfied with the state government.
A senior leader of the party and a Karnataka MP was quoted as saying that the approach was consistent with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s position that the BJP should seek a mandate with a good development report card.
“National leaders have made it clear to the chief minister that the debate over hijab and halal meat, as well as other issues aimed at minorities, could help the party consolidate the hardcore Hindu vote in some pockets, but for the party to return to power, we must have a strong performance record.” Said.
“The prime minister is very certain that the BJP’s main electoral board should be the development and progress of the state,” said a national official.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. “Some leaders wanted Karnataka to hold elections along with Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh” (which will be held later this year). “However, the national leadership was not on the board,” a source was quoted as saying.
Bomai, for his part, is said to have expressed his “crisis” over controversial remarks made by leaders on controversial issues, at a time when he has consistently said his government would follow the court’s order with confidence.
City Robi, the BJP’s national general secretary, said halal meat was part of the “economic jihad” of the Muslim community. He even said that when Muslims refuse to buy non-halal meat from Hindus, “Why would you force Hindus to buy from them?”
The report quoted a party MP as saying that public opinion and statements by some senior leaders had made things difficult for the chief minister, “disrupting the governance process.”
Nadda, who had earlier instructed state leaders not to comment publicly on the hijab issue during the court proceedings, was among the central leaders who expressed their dissatisfaction with such remarks.
As part of the push for development, there will be multiple inauguration and groundbreaking ceremonies in the state in the coming days, which Modi will visit frequently.
The state unit has been directed to focus its efforts on North Karnataka, an area where the BJP has long been influential but where dissent among cadres and leaders is on the rise, the report said, adding that BJP legislators are reportedly considering switching parties.
The state unit was warned not to rely too much on “internal conflicts and conflicts between Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar and former chief minister Siddaramaiah”.
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