BJP active for Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep elections
Preparation instructions were given to the party leaders by making a special strategy
Election stir intensified after Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement
New Delhi. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chalked out a special strategy for the Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep elections and has stepped up its attack on the JDS. In these elections, BJP is trying to change its image among the minorities. The recent statement of Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah is being seen in the context of the larger background of the Karnataka Assembly Elections as well as the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said during his visit to Karnataka that there is not much difference between JDS and Congress. Shah had said that parties which win 30-35 seats and resort to ‘blackmail’, such parties should not be given a chance for long. JD(S) leader and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has also hit back at the BJP. Although JDS was being seen as a former ally of BJP and it was believed that after the elections both could come together. In December, PM Narendra Modi had also reached Delhi to see the ailing HD Deve Gowda.
Preparations are also being made to win seats in Mysore region.
Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement was a signal to many BJP leaders from the Vokkaliga community. JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda belongs to this community. Preparations are also being made to win from the seats of Old Mysore region. The BJP leader has said that there is a possibility that in the coming elections, the BJP may contest on its own. Party leaders say an understanding of the region’s politics shows that in return for helping a few, most of the old Mysuru seats went to other parties. 89 MLAs come to the assembly from this region. In 2008, the BJP had won only 28 seats in this region. In 2018, BJP could win only 22 out of 89 seats in Old Mysore. Now the statement of Home Minister Amit Shah is an indication that the leaders here should make preparations on their own.
Parties are uniting minority votes in their favor
Amit Shah is eyeing Muslim votes. Congress leaders in Karnataka also acknowledged that the Congress had always supported the JD(S) – especially its leader Kumaraswamy, who became chief minister at the head of an alliance with the BJP; Has been projected as the ‘B team’ of the BJP. This helps the Congress to consolidate minority votes behind it. If BJP succeeds in projecting that it has nothing to do with JD(S), at least some section of minorities who are its supporters will go over to the party – thus splitting Muslim votes .
Tags: BJP, Home Minister Amit Shah, JDS, Karnataka Assembly Elections
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 17, 2023, 05:00 IST