Venkaiah Naidu invites Congress for debate on various issues

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Bangalore, May 5 (UNI) Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Venkaiah Naidu today dared Congress leaders to join him for a public debate on various issues directly affecting the common man.

Speaking to newsmen here, he said that there was an upsurge in Karnataka and the people were in favour of BJP after they found that both Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) had failed to deliver goods more effectively.

He posed a 10 point charter to the Congress, which among others, covered unemployment, rampant corruption, crisis in farm sector and said on what basis the Congress was seeking the people to vote. BJP was ready to engage in a public debate if the Congress leaders came forward to discuss on these topics, he challenged.

He asked the Congress to spell out its policy on Arrack and also announce the leader. The fact that the Congress could not field any of its candidate in Shikaripura against BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa was indicative of the party 's defeat in the Assembly election, he chided.

He said senior party leader L K Advani would address a public meeting in the city tomorrow.

He also announced that former minister M Raghupathy has quit the Congress to join his party. Mr Raghupathy, who was also present, criticised the style of functioning of some Congress leaders and alleged that they had formed a coterie around party President Sonia Gandhi. Unfortunately, Ms Gandhi did not know what was happening in as these leaders had kept her in dark about the state of affairs in Karnataka, he charged.

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