BANGALORE: Before filing his nomination from the Shikarpur constituency in Shimoga, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yedyurappa said that he is confident of winning by a big margin in the Karnataka assembly polls scheduled for May 12th.
He said, ‘I am going to get 30 to 40 thousand lead and everybody is supporting our community people.’ He was accompanied by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Union Minister Ananth Kumar, son B Y Raghavendra and Lok Sabha member B Sriramulu.
Pointing towards the Congress and CM Siddaramaiah for proposing a separate religion status for Lingayats in Karnataka, he also said that PM Modi’s tribute to 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara (a Lingayat, revered by the community) in London during the ‘Bharat ki baat sabke sath’ event is a message for those who want to divide the society. He also called Siddaramaiah govt. ‘anti-Dalit’ and offered prayers at the Shikaripura Koti Anjaneya Temple before making it to the Taluk office to file his papers.
The state is getting ready for polls, and political parties have more or less finalized and announced their list of candidates who have been allotted seats and given tickets to contest the polls. There are several voices of dissent all around, and many leaders are revolting against the decision taken by their party high commands. Ticket seekers who have been sidelined or ignored are now looking towards rival parties and are ready to switch loyalties if given a ticket.
Thippeswamy of BJP, denied a ticket for his constituency Molakalmuru, which has been given to B Sreeramulu, tried to join the Congress. After failing to join Congress, he is now likely to contest independently. G H Srinivas, formerly of Congress, after being denied a ticket has joined J D (S), and will contest from Tarikere. Belur Gopalakrishna of BJP has also decided to leave the party alleging B S Yedyurappa denied him a ticket. Selected candidates, on the other hand, are making a dash to the Returning Offices to file their papers. The last date for filing nominations is April 24, and scrutiny of the same will be taken up on 25th April.
It is imperative for the BJP to win Karnataka since this will help the party make inroads into South India, where the BJP hardly has any presence, and also prepare the ground for 2019 general election, when the BJP wants to make a comeback. BJP national head Amit Shah has rented a 6 bedroom villa in Farfield Layout, close to Vidhana Soudha, in Bangalore, and will stay here for the next couple of weeks, keeping a close watch on the campaign. He will be holding multiple meetings with district in charges, core committee members, internal teams etc, and will travel to Delhi only if it is unavoidable. BJP’s ally RSS is also going to deploy its cadres, sending them door-to-door to canvass for the BJP. Congress also needs to stay in power in Karnataka since it has lost many states to the BJP in the past few years.