BJP works on multiple-pronged strategy to form govt

BJP works on multiple-pronged strategy to form govt

BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa’s core team is said to be in touch with the Jarkiholi brothers and it is confident that the developments in the Congress camp will turn to its advantage.

This team is also in touch with disgruntled Lingayat MLAs, especially from the North Karnataka region in the rival camp, to boost its numbers. The party has chalked out a strategy, if the Jarhikohi brothers – Ramesh and Satish – decide to resign along with their supporters.

The party will need at least 14 legislators from the alliance camp to quit, thereby bringing down the total strength of the Assembly, paving way for the saffron fold to stake claim to form the government. 

The general opinion is that the Jarkiholi brothers may not be able to muster the support of more than six legislators.

Yeddyurappa’s core team comprising Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje, former minister C P Yogeeshwara, legislators B Sriramulu, M P Renukacharya and C N Ashwathanarayana have been entrusted with the task to shore up the numbers in favour of the BJP. According to a top BJP functionary, Yeddyurappa has offered the post of deputy chief minister to Ramesh Jarakiholi, if he joins the party along with his supporters. BJP is looking at support from Lingayat MLAs in the rival camp who are unhappy with the JD(S)-Congress alliance, having H D Kumaraswamy, a Vokkaliga, at the helm of affairs.

A section of Congress legislators are upset that even requests like transfer of officers of their choice to their constituencies are not being entertained by the CM’s office.

The BJP is trying to convince them that Kumaraswamy’s “preference” to the south at the cost of North Karnataka could prove detrimental to them, if they remain in their present parties, in the next elections. It is a tedious task for the BJP with a lot of ifs and buts. However, top sources said the party would make an effort to form the government.

The BJP is also trying to approach Congress MLAs who are disgruntled over not being made ministers.