The meeting between BJP chief, Amit Shah and Udhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena boss was a closely watched one. The meeting was part of the BJP’s outreach programme ahead of the crucial 2019 elections in which it takes on a joint opposition.
Amit Shah the president of the BJP wanted to leave nothing to chance. A win in Karnataka was extremely important as the party considers it as a gateway to the South. The campaign which was led by B S Yeddyurappa in Karnataka who is set to take oath of the chief minister was backed by Amit Shah to the hilt.
Will the BJP have a deputy chief minister if it comes to power in Karnataka? BJP president, Amit Shah when asked this question said he has an open mind about it.
BJP president Amit Shah said that the party would re-open discussions with all stake holders on the issue of a separate religious status for Lingayats once it comes to power in Karnataka.
BJP chief Amit Shah said that the Congress is desperate to win the elections in Karnataka. Addressing a presser in Bengaluru as the campaign came to an end, he said that the Congress is trying to win elections in an undemocratic manner.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has slapped a legal notice on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi over the corruption jibes made at him. The legal notices have also been sent to BJP president, Amit Shah and former chief minister, B S Yeddyurappa.
The importance of the Karnataka assembly elections can be seen in the fact that the party chiefs of both the BJP and Congress have travelled the state extensively.
Amidst growing criticism about Janardhan Reddy campaigning openly the BJP leadership is understood to have instructed its state unit not to allow him to campaign openly for the Karnataka Assembly elections.
The BJP wave is what has forced Karnataka Chief Minister to re-think on his constituency, BJP chief, Amit Shah said.
In a bid to prevent a split in the Lingayat votes in Karnataka, BJP chief, Amit Shah will meet with the seers in the state. Shah would meet with Shivakumar Swamiji, a prominent spiritual leader of the Lingayat community.