Former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who has been brought to the forefront by the BJP high command ahead of assembly elections in Karnataka, on Saturday claimed that he will ensure thumping victory for the saffron party.
Yediyurappa, who has been nominated to the party’s highest decision-making bodies, the Parliamentary Board and the Election Committee at the national level, was seen sharing dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the frontline in Mangaluru on Friday.
During Prime Minister Modi’s last visit to Bengaluru and Mysuru cities, Yediyurappa was only seen at the airport receiving him and could not be seen anywhere during his two-day visit on the occasion of celebration of International Yoga Day.
Sources in the BJP said that this time, seating arrangements were made as per the wishes of the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Modi was seen holding hands of Yediyurappa at the time of his arrival and talking to him dearly.
Yediyurappa told Prime Minister Modi that he would meet him after the public rally. However, the Prime Minister took him to the rally and ensured he sat in the frontline, the sources added.
Yediyurapppa attended the government function without an invitation and protocol was also sidelined. He was seated next to the Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot.
Speaking to reporters in Shivamogga, Yediyurappa said, “I will travel the length and breadth of the state and ensure victory for the party in upcoming assembly elections in 140 seats,” he stated.
Yediyurappa further stated that, “Prime Minister Modi has set a target of winning 140 seats out of 224 assembly constituencies in the state. Prime Minister Modi has told us that he would also arrive for campaigning. We will form a government in the state after the next assembly elections in 2023.”
He also announced that he would organise a rally of 1 lakh people in Shivamogga in a short time after discussion with party leaders.
“Prime Minister Modi has told us that he would visit the state once in a month in the coming days. We will invite Modi Ji,” Yediyurappa said.
The Central leadership is listening to Yediyurappa’s strategies for the upcoming assembly polls in the state.
The response of the huge crowd in the form of clappings, whistling and celebrations, whenever Yediyurappa’s name was mentioned at the Prime Minister’s rally was testimonial to his popularity in the state.
When Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s name was called out, the crowd was silent and even during his speech, he did not get any attention from the crowd, the sources added.