Gulbarga, Dec 18 (UNI) Congress leaders in Karnataka have expressed the hope the party will return to power in the state after the people reject both the 'opportunist' Janata Dal(S) and the 'communal' Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the coming Assembly elections.
Addressing a largely attended public meeting organised as part of the Congress' state-wide 'Janandholana' programme here today, Party Leaders, including KPCC President Mallikarjuna Kharge and former Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh, appealed to the people for a clear mandate in favour of the Congress.
Pledging to bring back the past glory to Congress in Karnataka, the leaders accused the previous JD(S)-led coalition government in the state of adopting 'anti-people' policies which were against development.
Ridiculing the BJP's claim it had earned the sympathy of the people after 'treacherous act' of the JD(S) which resulted in the government's fall, Mr Singh said ''instead of sympathy, the BJP earned the wrath of the people by joining hands with the JD(S) which had ditched Congress earlier.'' Mr Kharge promised if the Congress came to power, the government will implement the recommendations of the Nanjundappa Committee Report on removing regional imbalances in the state.
''The Congress will also take the lead to convince the Centre to confer special status by amending Article 371 of the Constitution,'' he said.
Senior leaders, including Former Ministers Roshan Baig,Dr Malak Reddy, D K Shivakumar and Quamarul Islam were among those present.