Yeddyurappa as well as many BJP and Congress leaders will be put to the test in the Karnataka assembly elections 2023. Yeddyurappa, a former Chief Minister, is 80 years old, but the BJP does not have a bigger face than him in Karnataka.
If sources are to be believed, the BJP, which is planning to win the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka, does not have another leader of Yeddyurappa’s stature. Sources say that the central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party is banking on the experience and popularity of former chief minister BS Yediyurappa. Maths also have an important role in the politics of the state, in such a situation, Yeddyurappa is the biggest Lingayat leader of the BJP. Significantly, Lingayat is the largest community in Karnataka. Lingayats account for about 17 percent of the state’s total population, mostly in the North Karnataka region. It is also interesting that the people of this community have traditionally been voting for the BJP.
The present Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is also a Lingayat leader, but who will be the face of the party in the coming elections? Suspense remains on this question. A top BJP leader told news agency ANI, “Lingayat votes are important for our party and without any doubt, BS Yeddyurappa is one of our most popular Lingayat faces. The party is counting on him to take the BJP forward.” Still working.”
Let us inform that last year BJP had made organizational changes. In this, in August 2022 itself, former Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa was included in the parliamentary board. All the decisions related to BJP’s policy and party leaders are taken in the parliamentary board only. Political analysts see Yeddyurappa’s induction into the Parliamentary Board as a way of reposing faith in Yeddyurappa to win the Karnataka Assembly elections. “When the party decided to ask BS Yeddyurappa to step down last year, he did so without any fuss. Whatever responsibility the organization assigned him, he accepted,” another BJP leader was quoted as saying by ANI. That is the mark of an experienced politician.”
With regard to the strategy of BJP’s central leadership in the assembly elections, it may also be noted that after the victory in Gujarat, BS Yeddyurappa was sent to Gujarat as a central observer. Yeddyurappa’s presence in choosing the leader of the legislature party in Gujarat was described as a strategic decision by the BJP. Explain that apart from BS Yeddyurappa, senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Arjun Munda were also present in the role of central observers in the meeting of new legislators to elect the Chief Minister in Gujarat.
A BJP MP from Karnataka said on Yeddyurappa’s role, “His usefulness and sharp political acumen can be of use to the party across South India. Hence his entry into the BJP Parliamentary Board is understandable.”
It is also interesting that BS Yeddyurappa, who has been elected MLA eight times from Shikaripura, wants his younger son BY Vijayendra to contest the upcoming elections. However, the final decision will be taken by top BJP officials. A senior party functionary told ANI that in the ongoing BJP Jan Sampark Yatra, the former CM has covered around 25 assembly constituencies. According to a BJP functionary, “His dynamism is another important factor for a state he knows very well. He has his ears to the ground and is constantly touring the state. His feedback has been taken very seriously by the high command.” .
The Vokkaliga community has also been important in the politics of Karnataka. Around 14 per cent voters in the entire state are Vokkaligas. The Vokkaligas vote heavily for the Janata Dal-Secular Party (JD(S)) because of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda. South Karnataka is considered a weak area for the BJP due to its traditional vote bank. A BJP leader said, “We have seen many leaders emerging from the party like R Ashok Ashwathnarayan and CT Ravi. But we are yet to find Yeddyurappa from the Vokkaliga community.” He said that BJP is not limited to Lingayats only, the party is all-inclusive.
Let us tell you that in 2019 itself, the BJP was successful in making a dent in the JDS stronghold. Congress and JDS MLAs decided to join BJP amid allegations of horse trading. After this the government led by HD Kumaraswamy fell. BS Yediyurappa’s political career has been remarkable. Yeddyurappa, who turns 80 this month, has had a political career full of ups and downs and controversies.
Karnataka: BS Yediyurappa became Chief Minister 4 times, never completed the term. Oneindia Hindi
Yeddyurappa was successful in bringing the BJP to power in Karnataka for the first time in 2008. Caught in a corruption case. Had to resign from the post of Chief Minister in 2011. Yeddyurappa was acquitted in 2016. After forming his own political outfit, he merged it with the BJP after some time. Yediyurappa won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections after contesting from Shimoga. He also won the Karnataka Assembly elections in 2018, but Yeddyurappa, who was the chief minister for two days, had to resign as the BJP was unable to prove its majority.
Almost a year later, BS Yeddyurappa managed to stage a coup. 18 MLAs joined BJP after breaking away from Congress and JDS. With this Yeddyurappa became CM for the fourth time in his career. July 2021 took a dramatic turn. Yediyurappa resigned to make Basavaraj Bommai the Chief Minister and joined the organization. He has also served as BJP Karnataka President.
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Story first published: Monday, January 9, 2023, 22:58 [IST]