The Karnataka BJP, as soon as humiliated for being in disarray, has managed to bounce again within the state amidst the euphoria created by the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
Post the Ayodhya occasion, shedding its defensive strategy, the state BJP unit delivered a formidable blow to the Congress by efficiently pulling former CM Jagadish Shettar again into its fold forward of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Every city, village, and metropolis, together with the IT capital Bengaluru, was inundated with saffron flags, posters, buntings, and cutouts of Lord Ram earlier than and after January 22.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) reached out to each doorstep with ‘Mantrakshate’ (sacred grains of rice from Ayodhya) and posters of Lord Ram. Karnataka, generally known as the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, the best devotee of Lord Ram, noticed each village organizing particular worship in each temple.
Even Congress leaders concede that the euphoria swept everybody’s hearts, difficult the picture that the Congress authorities managed to construct by the implementation of assure schemes.
After the arrival of Jagadish Shettar, former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai claimed that many leaders from the Congress would be part of the BJP quickly. He stated that it was solely the start, as there could be a ‘Ghar Vapsi’ of not solely BJP leaders but in addition necessary Congress leaders. “The Congress would likely divide into factions.”
Sources within the BJP defined that the celebration’s state President B.Y. Vijayendra and Parliamentary Board Member B.S. Yediyurappa have been given a free hand to strengthen the celebration.
According to Yediyurappa, the BJP is working in the direction of profitable greater than 25 out of the whole 28 seats within the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Leader of Opposition, R. Ashoka says that there could be a ‘Congress choro’ pattern in Karnataka within the coming days. “The Congress leaders used to claim that BJP leaders joined them. Now, they will be gagged. They do not have leadership, and that is why the Congress is trying to pull our leaders, ” he provides.
The ruling Congress celebration appears to be shedding momentum. Events such because the “naked parade” of a Dalit lady in Belagavi district, the gangrape of a Muslim lady by ethical policing vigilantes in Haveri district, and communal clashes in Shivamogga and different locations have raised critical questions on the ruling celebration.
Infighting within the Congress can be escalating, with Minister of Cooperation Ok.N. Rajanna and Minister for Home G. Parameshwara elevating a banner of revolt towards the celebration excessive command over appointments to boards and companies. Minister Rajanna has even that he’s “not a slave”.
Unable to take motion as each determine with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s camp and hail from oppressed courses, Deputy Chief Minister and celebration’s state President Shivakumar has pointed fingers on the excessive command.
Fearing backlash, Siddaramaiah chanted the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan throughout a programme on January 22 and claimed that the slogan didn’t belong to any explicit celebration or particular person. The Chief Minister allowed tilak to be utilized to his brow and flaunted it all through the programme.
The transfer shocked many as Siddaramaiah had been criticized for not displaying reverence to Hindu rituals at temples. “The slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is the slogan of the whole society. Some think the slogan is their property. The slogan is about showing reverence to Shri Ram, which is to be echoed by everyone, ” Siddaramaiah stated, asking the group to chant the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan.
Political analyst Basavaraj Soolibhavi tells IANS that it’s not solely by the Ram Mandir that the BJP is making an attempt to create its wave. “The BJP has been pursuing politics of religion and using the religious feelings for its gain continuously. Ram Mandir is one of the party’s agendas.”
“It gained’t cease right here. The inauguration of Ram Mandir has created a frenzied temper amongst devotees and followers. It would possibly result in incidents of attacking symbols of different religions. The assault on Dharwad’s Idgah Maidan tower is one such incident. The BJP has systematically reached out to the underside of the society by the Ram Mandir inauguration in Ayodhya, ” he provides.
Soolibhavi says the Congress celebration has by no means tried to shed its picture and pursue lively politics. Most of the time, it got here to energy as a result of anti-incumbency issue and negativity surrounding different events. “It is not able to come to power by winning over people with its principles, agendas, and ideologies.”
“Though guarantee schemes are implemented by the Karnataka Congress, ‘Modi’s guarantee’ by the Prime Minister is popularized more among people. Every department of the Central government is involved in systematically disseminating the welfare programmes. The chances of winning 15 to 20 seats in Lok Sabha elections out of 28 seats are looking bleak for Congress. There is an equal fight now in the state, ” he concludes.