B S Yeddyurappa, the tallest Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Karnataka, took a shot earlier this year to become the Chief Minister of the state again. The BJP won the Karnataka elections, but fell short of the majority mark.
Bengaluru, Sep 21: The BJP in Karnataka has empowered B S Yeddyurappa to take a call on the formation of a government in case the ruling coalition collapses. The past week has seen several developments with dissent brewing within the Congress and some of its leaders threatening to break away.
B S Yeddyurappa, the BJP chief in Karnataka has written to the Election Commission alleging foul play in the recently concluded Karnataka assembly elections. His letter comes days after cases of voter verifiable paper audit trail machines were found abandoned in a shed in Vijaypura district.
There have been four Chief Ministers that Shivamogga has produced. Ironically none of them have completed their term. This has been a trend with CM candidates from Shivamogga, the home town of B S Yeddyurappa since 1956.
I will give it in writing that the BJP will win the Karnataka assembly elections with an absolute majority, B S Yeddyurappa, the party’s chief ministerial candidate said. We will win with 125 to 130 seats, Yeddyurappa also said.
The hard fought campaign for Karnataka ended on Thursday. The two contenders for the post of Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa ended their final leg of their campaigns on their home turf. Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa are contesting from Chamundeshwari and Shikharipura. The Karnataka CM has also chosen Badami which many say is a safe seat for him. While Siddaramaiah made his final pitch at Chamundeshwari, Yeddyurappa blew the final clarion call at Shikharipura.
B S Yeddyurappa has accepted Siddaramaiah’s challenge for an open debate. Yeddyurappa said that Siddaramaiah should use his Hublot watch to decide on the time for the debate.
There were a series of meetings that were held to iron out the problems that the party is facing in the Mysore region after B S Yeddyurappa’s son, Vijayendra was denied a ticket to contest from the Varuna assembly constituency.
In the days to come, B Sriramulu will play a bigger role in the Karnataka BJP. His responsibilities have already increased and there is a strong rumour that he is likely to be made the deputy chief minister candidate.
Chamundeshwari and Shikharipura are located at a distance of 304.2 kilometres. Both are high profile constituencies considering the battles here are being fought by Siddaramaiah and B S Yeddyurappa, the chief ministerial candidates of the Congress and BJP respectively.