Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivaraj Singh Chouhan conducted a road show campaigning for the BJP in the city on Thursday and expressed confidence of the party’s victory in the elections on Saturday.
Mr. Chouhan, whose State is due for elections later this year, said he visited Karnataka three times for campaigning and the public response and feedback was in favour of the BJP. Public perception is built on various factors including the leadership of political parties concerned, ideology, track record of governance and cadre strength, he said, and claimed that the BJP excelled in all these aspects. However, he was ambivalent on whether the outcome of the Karnataka polls would have any impact on the elections in Madhya Pradesh. He held that the elections would be fought on the basis of work done in that State.
Mr. Chouhan faulted Chief Minister Siddaramaaiah of dividing the society on caste and religious lines for political gains, for ‘cultivating and patronising’ forces like SDPI and PFI that were ‘inimical’ to the unity of the country. He accused him of practising vote-bank politics.
Earlier, BJP activists including Krishnaraja constituency candidate S.A. Ramdas felicitated Mr. Chouhan.