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Can you win Karnataka for BJP, Amit Shah to party leaders

BENGALURU: Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah grilled state unit leaders about preparations for next year's Assembly polls during a meeting of the core committee here on Saturday..

At the meeting, Mr Shah asked the leaders about preparations ahead of elections, in both scenarios: if polls are held ahead of schedule or held on schedule. Senior leaders, however, failed to provide satisfactory answers to his repeated questions about preparations for elections, sources in the state unit of BJP told Deccan Chronicle.

Sources said Mr Shah asked direct questions about their struggle against the Congress government in the state. Did party organize protest rallies against the state government, how many of the rallies evoked good response during rallies against the Congress government.

He asked about corruption charges against ministers and its status. More importantly, Mr Shah questioned the leaders about opinion of the people about the performance of the Congress government in Karnataka. He advised warring state leaders to gauge the mood of the public and then organize programmes based on their aspirations. He also warned that mere programmes and photoshoots and speeches would not work and would not bring any benefits to the party.

Mr Shah indirectly instructed Mr. Yeddyurappa to stop his marathon speeches and asked to gauge the mood of people about the Congress government, sources added.

A senior BJP leader, also core committee member, told Deccan Chronicle that it was very difficult for them answer few tricky questions of Mr. Shah.