Vicky Nanjappa

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What ails the BJP in the Old-Mysuru Region in Karnataka


With the Karnataka elections round the corner, the question is will the JD(S) end up playing kingmaker again? The performance of the BJP, especially in the Old-Mysuru Region would be closely watched

Union Ministers and senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Pralhad Joshi (L) with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai (R) at Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jan Sankalp Yatra rally, in Mandya district. PTI Photo

New Delhi, Jan 03: Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader, Amit Shah during his recent visit to Karnataka sounded the poll bugle for the 2023 Karnataka elections and said that the leaders must focus on the Old-Mysuru Region.

The statement came just days after the Janata Dal (Secular) kickstarted its Pancharatna Yatra, a road campaign across the Old-Mysuru Region from Mulabagilu in Kolar district. According to former chief minister of Karnatakaand JD(S) leader, this Yatra of his would disrupt the voter base of the Congress in the region. Historically the Congress has always done well in this region, but over the years, the JD(S) has been a competitor owing the huge Vokkaliga population in the region. The BJP on the other hand struggles in this region and relies heavily on the Coast and the North Karnataka region where its voters, the Lingayats are high in number.

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