Veerappa Moily says Karnataka polls will be trendsetter for Congress

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Bangalore, Apr 28 : Former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily has said that the forthcoming Assembly election in the state would be path breaking and would set the trend for the coming elections in eight states this year and the Lok Sabha elections next year.

"This will be path breaking election. After Karnataka we have elections to about eight to nine state governments. That is Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and many other states," Moily, who is also the chairman of the Media cell of the Congress Party, said.

"Karnataka will definitely lead the success story of the Congress. Then after Lok Sabha (India's lower house of parliament) elections is coming, even for the Lok Sabha this will be a trend setter," he added.

Attacking the former BJP-JD (S) coalition government in Karnataka, Moily said that the people of the state were fed up of the fractured verdict and are looking forward to give absolute mandate to the Congress.

"I don't think people of Karnataka will tolerate this kind of coalition government, which cannot take governance forward, social justice forward, development forward. I think Karnataka deserves definitely a stable government, which can render justice to all and to perpetuate the principle of inclusive democracy, which is really part and parcel of the Congress Party," said Moily.

He further said that the people of the State have always showed their confidence in the Congress party and will do so again.

"Karnataka has always provided strength to our party," said confident Moily.

When asked whether the issue of spiraling inflation would give a jolt to party's performance he said: "The Central Government is taking all best possible steps to contain inflation, which is not India centric. Inflation has become a global phenomenon now."

Three-phased polls in Karnataka are slated to be held on May 10, 16 and 22.

Nominations for the first phase of the polls to be held on May 10 have already begun in the state and 42 candidates have already submitted their nominations so far.

Karnataka polls are seen as a crucial barometer of the popular vote prior to the general elections to be held in 2009 in India, even as inflation and price hike have already cast a shadow. A victory in these polls may set the trend for the general elections.

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