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Karnataka Election: BS Yeddyurappa Owes it to PM Modi and Shah

India | News18 | May 15, 2018, 12:30 pm
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 There was no visible wave. But the undercurrent worked in BJP’s favour. It is a repeat of 2008 when the BJP came to power in Karnataka for the first time. Then it was BS Yeddyurappa’s victory. Now, it is PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah’s victory. Because B S Yeddyurappa played the second fiddle to both and allowed them to lead the campaign. (Image: PTI)

There was no visible wave. But the undercurrent worked in BJP’s favour. It is a repeat of 2008 when the BJP came to power in Karnataka for the first time. Then it was BS Yeddyurappa’s victory. Now, it is PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah’s victory. Because B S Yeddyurappa played the second fiddle to both and allowed them to lead the campaign. (Image: PTI)

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 Till the last week of April, the BJP campaign was uninspiring. The PM Modi landed in Karnataka in the last week and unleashed a blitzkrieg. (Image: PTI)

Till the last week of April, the BJP campaign was uninspiring. The PM Modi landed in Karnataka in the last week and unleashed a blitzkrieg. (Image: PTI)

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 But Yeddyurappa started looking more confident and declared at every rally that he would be the Chief Minister. (Image: AP)

But Yeddyurappa started looking more confident and declared at every rally that he would be the Chief Minister. (Image: AP)

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 As expected the Lingayats backed the BJP fully because of their caste leader Yeddyurappa and the Vokkaligas supported the JDS in large numbers. The BJP getting Reddy brothers on board also seems to have worked in favour of the saffron party. (Image: AP)

As expected the Lingayats backed the BJP fully because of their caste leader Yeddyurappa and the Vokkaligas supported the JDS in large numbers. The BJP getting Reddy brothers on board also seems to have worked in favour of the saffron party. (Image: AP)

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 Narendra Modi with BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa during Karnataka election campaign rally at Chamarajanagar. (Image: PTI)

Narendra Modi with BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa during Karnataka election campaign rally at Chamarajanagar. (Image: PTI)

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 The Modi–Shah led BJP turned the same things against Congress and ran a powerful campaign. It was more about national issues with a local touch. (Image: PTI)

The Modi–Shah led BJP turned the same things against Congress and ran a powerful campaign. It was more about national issues with a local touch. (Image: PTI)

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 Yeddyurappa, who had dealt a body blow to the BJP in 2013 by quitting the party to form his own KJP, returned to mother party before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. In 2016 he became BJP state chief and a year later he was officially made the CM candidate.

Yeddyurappa, who had dealt a body blow to the BJP in 2013 by quitting the party to form his own KJP, returned to mother party before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. In 2016 he became BJP state chief and a year later he was officially made the CM candidate.

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 The campaign and strategy were handled from Delhi and Yeddyurappa was just a face. Speaking to this reporter a month ago, Yeddyurappa had said that BJP high command had backed him fully and he was grateful for that. (Image: PTI)

The campaign and strategy were handled from Delhi and Yeddyurappa was just a face. Speaking to this reporter a month ago, Yeddyurappa had said that BJP high command had backed him fully and he was grateful for that. (Image: PTI)

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 “Both PM Modi and Amit Shah have faith in me. They have backed me fully. Without them it was difficult for us to take Siddaramaiah,” Yeddyurappa had said. (Image: PTI)

“Both PM Modi and Amit Shah have faith in me. They have backed me fully. Without them it was difficult for us to take Siddaramaiah,” Yeddyurappa had said. (Image: PTI)

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 Union minister Prakash Javadekar, Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa, Muralidhar Rao, MP PC Mohan, Jagadish Shettar and Suresh Kumar release the party's manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

Union minister Prakash Javadekar, Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa, Muralidhar Rao, MP PC Mohan, Jagadish Shettar and Suresh Kumar release the party's manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)