Confidence, Yeddyurappa style: BJP leader sets date for Karnataka swearing-in
Yeddyurappa, who is a BJP candidate from Shikaripura, said his party is going to win between 145-150 seats in the 224-member assembly.Updated: May 12, 2018 13:57 IST
BS Yeddyurapa, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Karnataka, was among early voters as polling began in assembly elections this morning, predicting a big win for his party. After voting in his constituency Shikaripura, he also shared his post election plans, which, he said, include a trip to Delhi on the day results are announced “to invite the Prime Minister for the swearing-in ceremony.”
“The BJP will win 145-150 seats,” asserted the 75-year-old former chief minister, adding, “I will fly to Delhi on the 15th (May) once results for the Karnataka elections are announced and will meet Prime Minister Modi. I will invite him and others for the swearing-in ceremony which is going to happen most likely on the 17th (May).”
Responding to his remarks, chief minister Siddaramaiah said “Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed”.
Karnataka is voting today for its 224-seat assembly. Polling has been postponed in two seats - in one because of the death of a candidate and in the other amid allegations of election malpractice. Results will be announced on Tuesday, May 15, in what is seen as a tight race between the Congress led by Siddaramaiah, and the BJP. To win, a party needs 113 seats, one more than the half-way mark at 112.
Urging people to come out and vote for the BJP, Yeddyurappa promised “good governance” if his party comes to power. “People are fed up with the Siddaramaiah government. I urge the people to come out and vote for the BJP. I assure the people of Karnataka that I’m going to give good governance,” said the veteran politician, who began his day by offerings prayers at his home.
BS Yeddyurappa was credited with winning the BJP its first southern state in the 2008 assembly elections in Karnataka. He was chief minister till 2011, when he was forced to step down amid allegations of corruption. Yeddyurappa did so reluctantly and rebelled against the BJP, quitting his party of four decades and floating his Karnataka Janata Paksha to contest the 2013 assembly elections separately.
The Congress won the 2013 elections comfortably with 122 seats against a fractured BJP, which won 40. BS Yeddyurappa’s Party could win only six but played spoiler for the BJP.
He returned to the BJP ahead of the 2014 national election, in which the party won 17 of the state’s 28 Lok Sabha seats. Yedyurappa won his parliamentary seat Shimoga by over 3.6 lakh votes.
The BJP, which has not named a presumptive chief minister in recent elections in many states, announced as its face in Karnataka Yeddyurappa, who is still seen as the party’s most popular leader in the state and the most influential leader of the powerful Lingayat community. The Congress immediately launched and has sustained an attack on the BJP over corruption allegations against Yeddyurappa.
It hasn’t been a smooth run for the veteran BJP leader, who has not quite had his way in these elections. He was unable to even ensure that his party fielded his son Vijayendra and close aide Shobha Karandlaje.