Days of Congress are numbered: Yeddyurappa

yeddi1MYSORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Sunday predicted the end of the Congress after the Lok Sabha elections. “Mahatma Gandhi wanted the Indian National Congress dissolved after the Partition, and the time for it has come now,” he said. ‘Infighting’Speaking to presspersons here, he hit out at the Congress leaders for their criticism of his Government’s performance.

“They (the Congress leaders) know how to make noise only when Sonia Gandhi comes to the State. Afterwards, they start fighting among themselves,” he noted. Mr. Yeddyurappa claimed that the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) had become scared of the BJP’s popularity in the State.That was why they were talking of toppling the Government. But, this would not happen, he said.

Mysore district in-charge Minister Shobha Karandlaje, former Minister V. Somanna, and Tontadarya, MLC, were among those who received Mr. Yeddyurappa on his arrival by helicopter at the Lalitha Mahal helipad here. Later, the Chief Minister campaigned in the Mysore parliamentary constituency for party candidate C.H. Vijayashankar.

Chief Minister S Yeddyurappa termed the suspension of mining lease of five companies including that of Janardhan Reddy and brothers in Bellary Centre, as the result of misdeeds of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) parties while in power.Answering media queries, soon after his arrival in Mysore on Sunday, the CM claimed that the BJP-led government had not issued any fresh mining licenses after it came to power in the State.Reacting to JD(S) State unit president D Kumaraswamy’s allegation that BJP and Congress have joined hands against the former, Yeddyurappa dismissed the same.However, when reminded of Kumaraswamy’s another comment that he was ready to join hands with like-minded parties to oust BJP from the State, Yeddyurappa said, “It is voters who decide both the ways.

Who was Kumaraswamy to topple the government,” he asked.Asked about the poor turnout in the first phase of LS polls, the CM said that the Election Commission should have held a meeting with political parties regarding the chaos over Election Photo Identity Cards (EPIC), before the elections.

Congress was on the verge of extinction and it’s annihilation would start from the State as the voters would teach the party a fitting lesson in the Lok Sabha polls.Yeddyurappa quoted the wish of Mahatma Gandhiji, as he too wanted to dissolve Congress after independence.