Young MP also dismisses any notion of holding CM aspirations as he praises incumbent CM Basavaraj Bommai
BENGALURU (KARNATAKA): One of the youngest Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, Tejasvi Surya, explained why people in Karnataka will vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Speaking exclusively to The New Indian, Surya also dismissed the notion that he aspired to be the Chief minister of the state.
Giving out three reasons, the 32-year-old president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said, “We are voting for a leadership that is proven.”
“In Karnataka, the double engine government, with PM Narendra Modi at the centre and BS Yediyurappa and Basavaraj Bommai, have proved that they have delivered governance and development on the ground,” Surya told The New Indian as he came out to cast his vote.
“In the past three and a half years, the state has not only witnessed unprecedented development, but the BJP has always catered to the cultural sensibilities of the people of Bengaluru and Karnataka,” he added.
“The BJP, in its manifesto, has outlaid a very optimistic, ambitious vision for a progressive state like Karnataka. Based on all three, the people are casting their vote today,” he added.
While the Congress looked upbeat with several top leaders from the BJP joining them on the eve of the election, after being ticketed, the controversy surrounding Bajrang Dal appeared to have put them on the back foot.
However, Surya believed that Congress was always on the back foot. “The Congress is always on the back foot. It was only a certain section of the media and political commentators who gave Congress a certain space and commentary,” Surya said.
“But the BJP has always been on the front foot. On May 13 (when the fate of the candidates will be known), you will see a full majority (BJP) government,” the MP from Bengaluru South said.
Surya also acknowledged that PM Modi’s campaigning for the BJP had made a tremendous impact on the party. “You see, Bengaluru is notorious for low turnout and at 10 am it is around 12 per cent. It is definitely because of PM Modi’s roadshows,” Surya said while talking about the impact of PM Modi’s visit and his roadshows.
While Surya was constantly seen with PM Modi during his roadshows and rallies, the young politician dismissed suggestions that he was in the race for the post of CM.
“We (he and Bangalore Central MP PC Mohan) were with PM Modi as his rally passed through our constituencies. We were there as a protocol,” he said while dismissing suggestions of him being one of the potential CM candidates.
Putting faith in incumbent CM Bommai, Surya said, “The party will decide who will be the next CM. Till now, he (Bommai) has been an extremely dynamic and effective CM. He has been a popular leader in the state.”