BS Yeddyurappa will be Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for upcoming assembly polls in Karnataka, party chief Amit Shah announced on Friday. Yeddyurappa is a former chief minister of the state who had to step down during his previous regime after alleged corruption charges were made against him. Currently ruled by the Congress, Karnataka will go to polls in May, 2018. Congress’ K Siddaramaiah is serving as the current chief minister of Karnataka. Amit Shah made the revelation during an interaction with news agency Press Trust of India.
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.
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However, Shah didn’t reveal about party’s chief ministerial face in Himachal Pradesh, which goes to polls along with Gujarat. “It (Karnataka election) will be fought under Yeddyurappa,” Shah said. Asked if it meant that Yeddyurappa, who is the BJP’s Karnataka unit chief, will be the chief ministerial face, he said, “He will be.” Shah’s revelation comes at a time when party’s Karnataka unit has been facing a factional fight with a group headed by former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa targeting Yeddyurappa’s leadership. When asked about 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.