Win in Karnataka would be a huge psychological thing for the Congress which would then plot to upset the BJP's apple-cart in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh where Assembly polls are to be held by year-end.
Yeddyurappa, 75, a Lok Sabha member from Shivamogga in the state's Malnad region, was the BJP's first Chief Minister in Karnataka from 2008 to 2011 when he resigned following an indictment by the state ombudsman (Lokayukta) in a multi-crore mining scam. Congress party leaders concede that winning Karnataka Assembly polls would strengthen Rahul's bid to replace Modi at the Centre as he would be able to muster the non-BJP parties under a common umbrella so as to forge a "Rainbow alliance" (similar to the 2004 scenario) ahead of next year's general polls. Just before the assembly elections, the Congress government of the country has given Lingayat and Veershiva Lingayat communities religious minority status.
The BJP national president also said that after the BJP came to power in Maharashtra, the suicides of farmers have decreased, primarily because the state government there has taken proactive measures to protect the interests of the farmers.
April. 19 (NT): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial applicant for Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday lauded he is confident of a huge win in the upcoming assembly polls. The party has given a ticket to former labour minister B N Bachche Gowda's son Sharath. The Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal, the BSP led by Mayawati, The NCP led by Sharad Pawar have all announced their candidates for the elections.