The BJP’s top brass aren’t happy with Karnataka unit after it failed to do much during raid on energy minister, DK Shivakumar. Congress leader Shivakumar recently faced an income tax probe. Though the congress attacked PM Modi and party national president, Amit Shah over the use of the taxmen, none of the Karnataka BJP leaders utilised the I-T raids properly.
The leaders miserably failed to take on Shivakumar and create a public perception that the state government was protecting the corrupt. The party leadership thinks its Karnataka unit missed the opportunity to go full throttle against the ‘latest instance of corruption’ involving an influential minister.
Shah will visit the state for three days from 12 August. He is likely to discuss a political strategy to expose instances of mis-governance and corruption under the Congress government.
After the prime minister has taken steps to curb black money and corruption, the state leaders’ cold reaction surprised us, said a BJP leader, reported Deccan Herald. The leadership is not pleased with the state unit’s unwillingness or lack of preparedness.
Karnataka BJP leaders should have explained that it was just a coincidence that the I-T raids happened at a time when the Gujarat Congress MLAs were there at a resort. The taxmen did not go to any MLAs but went to the resort only looking out for Shivakumar. This shows that there was no hatred behind the I-T action, a BJP source stated.