BJP's next aim to win maximum LS seats in K'taka: Yeddyurappa

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New Delhi, Jun 1 (UNI) After having leading the first ever BJP government in the south of Vindhyas, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today vowed to work for the party so that it could get maximum number of Lok Sabha seats.

Addressing the BJP National Executive, the Chief Minister recalled how the party had grown from strength to strength from a modest 3.9 per cent votes in 1985 to 17 per cent in 1994, 21 per cent in 1999 and 31.68 per cent in 2004. In the just concluded elections, the party had won 34 per cent votes winning 110 seats in the 224 member state Assembly.

He said various people oriented programmes for the poor and downtrodden classes had given the BJP an image of 'kisan' party.

The party had won 22 of the 36 reserved seats for the SC and seven of the 17 ST seats and 14 out of 44 OBC candidates won.

He said he had inducted seven SC and one ST and three backward class ministers into the cabinet. One Muslim minister too had been inducted as promised in the run upto the polls.

Analysing the causes for the party's success, he said the negligence towards development in Karnataka, especially in the poor and downtrodden areas, the great betrayal of the Janata Dal (Secular) too had contributed to the BJP's ascendency in the state.

The Congress had been responsible for the failure to check price rise, enhance internal security and agricultural crisis.

The BJP cgovernment will strive to devlop the state into one of the leading states of the country. With the blessings of national leaders the party will make the state a model state doling out development, welfare and bring about a fine balance of regional developments irrespective of the religious and ethnic background, he said.

The BJP has bestowed him with the office of Chief Ministership and he would remain humble and loyal to the party for ever, he said.

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