Yeddyurappa is BJP's candidate for Karnataka CM says Amit Shah

Ray Weaver
May 27, 2017

Yeddyurappa had led the party during its first victory in the state in 2008.

BJP President Amit Shah has put to rest all speculations as far as the party's candidate for the 2018 Karnataka assembly polls are concerned, by naming BS Yeddyurappa. Yeddyurappa is a former chief minister of the state who had to step down during his previous regime after alleged corruption charges were made against him.

The state BJP unit is beset with factionalism with former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa's faction at loggerheads with Yeddyurappa and his men.

The BJP chief made the announcement in an interaction with news agency PTI on Friday. After the party's poor performance in the recently-held bye-elections in Nanjangud and Gundlupet Assembly seats, the leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, KS Eshwarappa, had rebelled.

Amit Shah also projected that his party would win more than 150 seats in Gujarat's 182-seat Assembly during the elections scheduled to be held later this year. Asked if it meant that Yeddyurappa, who is the BJP's Karnataka unit chief, will be the chief ministerial face, he said, "He will be".

The leader had also suggested that the party's top brass would not repeat the "mistake" of talking about internal differences in public. Yeddyurappa's party, Karnataka Janata Paksha, could not make a mark in the assembly elections of 2013 and he later returned to the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking to the media here on completion of three years of the Narendra Modi government, Siddaramaiah said Yeddyurappa's act was evidence enough to prove BJP's double standards.

Under this initiative, around 48,000 BJP vistaraks (full-time workers) would visit each of the 48,000 polling booths across the state to canvass for the party between May 28 and June 5.

Other reports by Insurance News

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