Union Railway Minister and political incharge for Karnataka, Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that BJP will contest all the 224 seats in the ensuing Assembly election on its own and there will be no alliance with Janata Dal (S) or any other party.Speaking to reporters after welcoming JD(S) sitting MLAs Manappa Vajjal, representing Lingasgur, and Shivraj Patil of Raichur Urban, into party fold on Thursday, Mr Goyal said BJP was not trying to have any pre-poll or post-poll understanding with JD(S) as it was confident of winning two-thirds majority in the May election.Replying to a question on why he had met JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda in New Delhi recently and whether the BJP was trying to forge any poll alliance, he said Mr Gowda wanted to meet him to discuss some Railway projects in Karnataka and hence he met him.He said JD(S) was popular only in limited pockets in the state and there was no need for the BJP to have a poll alliance.''BJP is confident of winning at least 150 seats in Karnataka. I went and met Mr Gowda, who wanted to meet me, due to the respect I have on this veteran leader and former Prime Minister. Even if Mr Manmohan Singh wants to meet me to discuss issues regarding my Ministry, I will personally go and meet him,'' he said.He said there were more leaders and MLAs from JD(S) and Congress wanting to join the BJP before the poll as they were convinced that his party was on a 'victory march' and gain majority in the coming poll.''BJP will welcome all those good leaders from other parties and give them their due place as it did in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal in the recent elections,'' Mr Goyal added.He said people were fed up with the corrupt rule of the Congress in Karnataka. The success the Parivartana Yatra headed by Mr B S Yeddyurappa received was a testimony to BJP's popularity and the possible resultsin the days to come.Mr Yeddyurappa welcomed Mr Vajjal, Dr Patil besides prominent leader from Gauribidanur Jaypal Reddy and Congress Block President G K Satish Kumar and others to the party fold.He claimed that there was a 'big line' of Congress and JD(S) leaders who wanted to join BJP before the election and this includes many sitting MLAs. The joining of the two MLAs was only a beginning and said their joining in BJP will strengthen the party in Raichur district.
He also said the joining of independent Channapatna MLA Yogeshwar had strengthened the BJP in the Vokkaliga belt of Old Mysore area. Mr Yeddyurappa slammed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for announcing that he would present state budget next month. ''The Chief Minister during the last few months of Congress rule has no right to present a full fledged budget and he should seek a Vote on Account,'' he said.Mr Yeddyurappa alleged that the state government had not spent even 50 per cent of the 2017-18 budgetary allocations and the Chief Minsiter was looking to spend over Rs 80,000 crore in the next few months. The Chief Minister who was giving false promises was trying to loot the state in the company of contractors, he alleged.UNI RS MSP CS 1540
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