With elections in May, newly appointed party chief Prahlad Joshi wants to atone for the mistake committed by the BJP. He has asked the party workers campaigning for the May 5 Assembly polls, to tendering an apology for any harm caused by the party, and then ask for votes. Thus, if you cannot wash away the sins, at least acknowledge them and promise to reform.
The 'sorry' is an apparent reference to the series of scams and
corruption issues that rocked the BJP government during the party's
maiden five-year tenure.
No to rice scheme
Putting the party in further discomfort, the Election Commission
has directed the BJP Government not to go ahead with the two rupees
per kilo gram rice distribution programme, as it violates election
code of conduct.
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had announced in the budget that the scheme would come into effect on April 1.
With the election on the horizon, it was decided to implement the scheme immediately and a decision to this effect was taken in the Cabinet meeting on March 18.
Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha has said that as per the EC's code of conduct, the scheme has been shelved till the elections are over.
Expressing surprise over the decision, Food and Civil Supplies Minister D N Jeevaraj siad the scheme was being implemented before the code of conduct came into force. He said the government would abide by the code.