referring to File photo: Hemant Mishra/MintBengaluru: Two senior Karnataka Congress leaders on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with their supporters, indicating a growing trend in the state ahead of the 2018 assembly elections.
Former minister S.Kumar Bangarappa left the Congress last week and is likely to join the BJP on Thursday.
The development comes as a big blow to the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state which has seen at least three senior leaders switch sides to the principal opposition party.
Karnataka also holds the key to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ (Congress-free India) dream as it is the last big state governed by the grand old party.
Krishna is expected to meet Amit Shah next week after he ended his five-decade-long association with the Congress in January.
As it stated in Learning from the failure to open its account in Manipur in 2012, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made an ambitious push five years later to end Congress’s 15-year rule in the state.
In Assam, the BJP was able to rope in several high-profile Congress leaders including Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is now a powerful minister in the state.
It hopes to add Manipur to the list of BJP-ruled states in the region after Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Congress figure would remain below 20,” senior BJP leader and candidate from Nambol seat T Chaoba Singh told HT.
In the run-up to the assembly election, six Congress MLAs quit the party and joined the BJP.
BJP pulling out of BMC’s Mayor race ‘ploy to befool people’: Congress
As it stated in Addressing the media here, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated that the will not contest for Mayor or Deputy Mayor.
“It was just a ploy to see that the votes are adjusted in such a way that people are fooled.
Former chief minister said there was a tactical understanding between the and and so after all mud-slinging, the latter took a u-turn and extended its support to the former.
We will not contest for Mayor or Deputy Mayor, nor will we play the role of Opposition in will support for the sake of development, and we won’t compromise on transparency,” the Chief Minister said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) announcement of pulling out of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor race did not go down well with the Congress, which termed the entire situation a ploy to befool people, adding that what the and saffron party are doing now is against the public mandate.
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