Karnataka election 2018: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP, Shikaripura
BJP’s chief ministerial face, BS Yeddyurappa, is contesting from Shikaripura, a seat which he has won six times.Updated: May 11, 2018 19:45 IST
Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa, 75, is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate for the Karnataka polls. He was the chief minister of the state from 2008 to 2011.
Yeddyurappa entered politics after a long association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Hinvdutva ideology organisation which is often described as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological guide.
In 1988, he became the state president of the BJP in Karnataka. Yeddyurappa briefly occupied the chief ministerial post for a week in 2007, but the BJP’s coalition with the JD(S) collapsed over power-sharing. In 2008, he steered the BJP to victory and became the party’s first chief minister in a southern state. However, in 2011, he had to resign after charges of profiting from illegal mining and land deals. Yeddyurappa floated his own party, the Karnataka Janata Paksha in 2012, but returned to the BJP a year later. He is contesting from Shikaripura, a seat which he has won six times.