Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata party national secretary, Dr K Laxman, has said that the party did not field any candidate for both the Pulivendula Assembly seat and the Kadapa Parliamentary constituency as the party does not have sufficient strength in the district to win the elections.
Dr Laxman has made it clear that the party has arrived at such a decision in accordance with the suggestion given by the party district president. He also noted that the imminent by-polls in Kadapa district are being dominated by huge flow of money and they have decided to refrain from contesting the polls as party did not have money.
Stating that both the Congress and YSR Congress party were taking these elections as a prestige issue, he wondered that he could not understand why the ruling Congress government was according that much priority to the by-polls and obstinately deploying ministers for campaigning there.
Referring to the allegation of the PCC Chief, Mr D Srinivas, that there was collusion between the BJP and the YSR Congress party, Dr Laxman condemned it and said that such allegations from him were stemming from his two successive losses to the candidate belonging to their party during the last two elections. He also noted that the Congress party was divided into two factions in the State as of now and advised the Congress party to set its home in order before leveling allegations against others. “The ruling Congress party has always been trying to project the BJP as anti-minority in order to derive political mileage”, he added.
Countering the anti-minority tag affixed to the BJP, Dr Laxman said that as many as 14 candidates from the Muslim community, who contested on the party ticket in the Municipal elections in Gujarat have won the polls. “This testifies as to whether the party favours or opposes the minorities”, he stated. He also maintained that drastic changes were going to take place in both the country and in the State after the Assembly polls in five States as well as the by-polls in our State. (NSS)