With inflation continuing to rise, BJP leader LK Advani said on Friday the results of the assembly elections in Karnataka would influence the UPA to decide whether to advance the Lok Sabha polls to October or November this year.
Advani said the Manmohan Singh government could advance the general elections to avoid a build-up of the voters' wrath at the price rise. The BJP leader however said that if his party wins the Karnataka elections, the UPA government would be inclined to hold the Lok Sabha polls on schedule next year.
Launching the BJP’s election campaign in the southern state, Advani called upon the people of Karnataka to punish the Congress for its misgovernance and the Janata Dal (S) for its betrayal of the verdict of the last assembly elections giving his party a clear majority.
Kicking off the party’s campaign from this Dalit constituency of Telugu speaking people, Advani said, “You are not simply voting for a good, honest and stable government for Karnataka alone. These untimely elections forced by the JD(S) deceit are very important nationally. By voting the BJP to power with a clear-cut majority, you will extend the lease of the Manmohan Singh led UPA government at the Centre by a few months,” he said.