In a bid to counter the opposition Congress 'Bellary Chalo' padayatra from Sunday to highlight BJP government's "failures", the ruling party on Saturday announced holding of four rallies across the state from August 2.
"The BJP campaign would highlight two years of our government's achievements and opposition's anti-people stance in contrast to the 15-day Congress padayatra to 'protect' the state," BJP state unit president KS Eswarappa told reporters here.
He said BJP has chosen Davanagere, the central part of Karnataka for its first rally, to be followed by rallies at Gulbarga on August 5, Mysore on August 12 and the final one at Bellary, home district of the three Bellary Ministers, on August 20.
"We have already held a conference in Bangalore to showcase achievements of the BJP-led Government. We wanted to take this to people of all districts. Besides highlighting the achievements, we will also focus on the anti-people attitude adopted by opposition parties," he said.
He alleged that the Congress padayatra was solely for political gains and said they were misleading people on the mining issue.
On the Congress charge that BJP had betrayed people by reneging on many of its poll promises made in 2008, he pointed out they still have three more years to fulfil all promises.
The BJP leader said Health Minister B Sreeramulu was keen on embarking on a padayatra from Bellary to Mysore, home district of Opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah. However, the party advised him to drop the move and said it would hold four rallies, he said.
He evaded reply to a query on why the government chose to release names of select Congressmen allegedly involved in mining activity and not the entire list sent by Lokayukta in its first report on illegal mining. "We have released some names now. We will release names of others also if need be."