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"Ads on CM shameful"

Congress fumed at the BJP's "goodbye Chief Minister" ad campaign in Karnataka aimed at SM Krishna, calling it "disgraceful".
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Bangalore
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2004 08:10 PM IST

Congress on Tuesday fumed at the BJP's "goodbye Chief Minister" advertisement campaign in Karnataka aimed at SM Krishna, calling it "disgraceful" and "highly low in election politics".

Commenting on the advertisement inserted by BJP in local papers, Congress spokesman BK Chandrashekhar said BJP has reduced the election campaign to "an undignified level".

He also lashed out at BJP for its ad-campaign that thousands of farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka and termed it as an "irresponsible act".

The Congress has decided to protest against the electioneering visit by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to tour parts of the state, saying it would create communal disharmony among people.

Chandrashekhar denied that the state government failed to utilise funds released by the Centre to tackle drought conditions, asserting that against the request for Rs 4,440.84 crore assistance, the state got only Rs 770 crore.

He accused BJP of trying to mislead people on this issue.

Another spokesman VR Sudarshan said disappointment has already gripped BJP in the state following the surge in the popularity of Congress.

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