Amit Shah's magic won't work in Karnataka, says CM Siddarmaiah

BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa and other leaders being taken to the Parivarthana Yatra venue on Friday

The chief minister also said the Congress government has fulfilled all promises made in the 2013 party election manifesto. He said speeches of JD (S) state president Kumaraswamy over Yettinahole project are not proper and he should not play politics with development works. For this, the party has chalked out a strategy for the poll-bound state and Amit Shah will visit the state on January 6.

If Parrikar was honest about meeting Karnataka's request for 7.56 tmcft of water for drinking purposes in drought-prone areas of north Karnataka, he should have written not to Yeddyurappa, but to Siddaramaiah and the Mahadayi River Water Disputes Tribunal which is looking into the issue of equitable sharing of water. He sought them not to make their opposition public. The state BJP unit has started distributing the motorcycles extensively used for campaigning during the Assembly polls in the Uttar Pradesh for Vistaraks (full-time volunteers) for party activities in Karnataka. In this context, BJP's bid to "resolve" Karnataka's long-standing Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa with a quick-fix solution has backfired spectacularly, as it was clearly a gimmick ahead of the elections.

Before this announcement, Shah has postponed his visit to the state and now he is finally visiting Meghalaya as there is only a month left for the Legislative Assembly Elections.

Addressing "Sadana Samavesha" programmes in Srinivasapura, Mulbagal and Bangarpet, the chief minister came down heavily on the BJP and said people are not responding to their yatra. This office will be helping the party workers to connect with the party at an ease. He maintained that the party has "done its best" with respect to the Mahadayi issue by getting Mr. Parrikar to write a letter indicating his willingness to consider Karnataka's request on release of water for drinking.

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