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Karnataka BJP Candidate Doubts PM’s ‘Effectiveness’ In Assembly Polls

"PM may be effective in Parliamentary (Lok Sabha) polls but not so much in assembly elections," CP Yogeshwara said.

Unlike most Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, who have an unflinching faith in Narendra Modi, CP Yogeshwara, 55, feels the Prime Minister’s charisma might not work in Karnataka Assembly Elections.

Yogeshwara, who is contesting Karnataka polls on a BJP ticket, says the PM may be effective in Parliamentary (Lok Sabha) polls but not so much in assembly elections because the Party has not fielded the right candidates.

Yogeshwara is the BJP candidate from the Channapatna assembly constituency. He said the Party is holding elections in the State without doing much work at the grassroots-level. This may cost the Party dearly, he feels.

Yogeshwara also paints a sad picture for the BJP by saying that Karnataka is not like Uttar Pradesh. The campaigning by Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will not work here. “Here voters are mature….In south India– Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka,,, we have our own regional parties. BJP is trying to establish itself but without grassroots workers and leaders,” he was quoted as saying by Business Standard.

On Tuesday, the PM started his Karnataka campaign from Santhemarahalli in the State’s southern region. Modi will hold 15 rallies in the next five days, reports NDTV. BJP President Amit Shah and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister will hold rallies for 15 days in the Congress-governed State.

Yogeshwara, who joined the BJP from Congress in November last year, is known to be a heavyweight in Channapatna—a constituency he has represented since 1999.

Yogeshwara has been associated with many parties, including the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the BJP. Although he has faced several corruption charges in the past but, because he has served his constituency well, particularly the irrigation needs of the farmers, he has tasted success over several elections.

Although he says he admires JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda, he is contesting against the former PM’s son HD Kumaraswamy, who is contesting from Channapatna as well as Ramanagara seats.

Channapatna is a one of the four constituencies in Ramanagra district in Old Mysuru, which is a Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) bastion, Business Standard has reported. BJP wants to break the JD(S) influence in Old Mysuru, but in Channapatna Congress has no chance, this fight is only between JD(S) and BJP, according to Yogeshwara. “Here it is not a Party-oriented fight but an individual’s fight,” he added.

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