Kolhapur, Jan 28 (IANS): Karnataka is slipping out of the ruling BJP's control and may see a change of power after the next Assembly elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar said here on Saturday.
"There are clear indications that the BJP will not retain power in Karnataka after the upcoming state elections. We are making attempts to unite the Opposition parties and forge a united front, but all states have different local issues which need to be tackled," said Pawar.
Addressing mediapersons in this erstwhile royalty town, Pawar said that the results of a recent public opinion survey have revealed that the mood of the masses is going against the BJP and it could suffer major setbacks in the next elections.
"The people will no longer vote on religious issues. The masses are being divided on religious lines, which will not work anymore."
Commenting on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY), Pawar pointed out that it has secured the support of the ordinary citizens, as can be seen from the response he is getting.
Besides, the misleading image of the Congress leader (Rahul) that was sought to be created has been shattered through the nationwide march, he said.
Slamming the Centre's decision to ban the BBC documentary, the NCP supremo and the leading light behind the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) termed it as an "assault" on democracy.
Referring to the comments of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) President Prakash Ambedkar that the Centre is not misusing federal probe agencies like ED, CBI, Pawar countered that the government is targeting Opposition leaders and peoples' rights are being crushed.
Reacting to the VBA, which recently allied with the Shiv Sena (UBT), having any talks on joining the MVA, Pawar shot back, saying that as "there's no proposal, where's the question of holding any discussions", and reiterated that the MVA will contest the upcoming elections unitedly.
Pawar added that with Parliament session starting in New Delhi next week, the efforts to forge a national united Opposition front will resume with all the leaders.
"I am personally in touch with many Opposition leadersa There are some ticklish aspects issues as the different parties are on opposing sides in some states owing to their local or regional issues. We have to sort them out first."
He made it clear that the MVA is fighting the upcoming MLC biennial elections and the MLA bypolls unitedly in the state and will continue in the same spirit in future.