Yeddyurappa is BJP’s CM Pick for Karnataka Assembly Polls 2018

The BJP’s Karnataka unit has been facing a factional fight with a group headed by Eshwarappa.

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Former Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa. (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa will be the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP’s) chief ministerial face in the Assembly polls scheduled early next year, party president Amit Shah said on Friday.

The BJP’s Karnataka unit has been facing a factional fight with former Deputy Chief Minister KS Eshwarappa targeting Yeddyurappa's leadership.

It (Karnataka election) will be fought under Yeddyurappa.
Amit Shah

To a question on the party's state of affairs in Karnataka, Shah said he would visit the state soon. The party had recently taken action against some leaders, suspected to be behind the internal wrangling.

Yeddyurappa – 2008 Onwards

Seventy four-year-old Yeddyurappa, an influential Lingayat leader, had led the saffron party to its maiden victory in Karnataka in 2008, but was forced to resign following charges of corruption against him.

He floated his own outfit in 2011.

Though his party performed poorly in the 2013 Assembly polls, it managed to wean away a substantial chunk of the BJP votes, leading to a rout of the saffron party.

He returned to the BJP fold ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

Gujarat, Himachal Elections

Shah further indicated that Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani would be the party's choice for the top post in the state, asserting that it would win more than 150 seats in the Assembly polls slated later this year. The Assembly has 182 seats.

Shah, however, said the party has not yet decided on its chief ministerial face in Himachal Pradesh, which goes to polls along with Gujarat.

(With inputs from PTI)

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