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Karnataka BJP leaders get nationwide roles as social gathering works on solidifying southern footprint

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BENGALURU: The ruling BJP’s newest resolution to nominate minister CT Ravi because the social gathering’s nationwide normal secretary and make him in-charge of all 5 main southern states is another occasion of the significance Karnataka’s political leaders are getting on the nationwide degree.

Along with Ravi, the social gathering has additionally elevated 29-year outdated Bengaluru South MP Tejaswi Surya as head of its nationwide youth wing. It all started with the appointment of senior chief BL Santhosh as nationwide normal secretary in control of organisation, the second most necessary place after nationwide president JP Nadda’s.

These are usually not restricted to the BJP alone. Weeks earlier than that, All India Congress Committee (AICC) appointed its senior MLAs HK Patil, Dinesh Gundu Rao and Krishna Byre Gowda to play roles past the boundaries of Karnataka. Patil now takes care of the social gathering affairs in Maharashtra – an enormous duty as a result of the Congress is a companion within the ruling coalition there. Rao, a former state Congress president, will take care of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Goa whereas Gowda is a part of the social gathering’s central election authority.

Interestingly, although, not simply the BJP youth wing, the Indian Youth Congress can also be led by a Kannadiga, BV Srinivas.

Karnataka’s leaders are rising in each events as a result of the state has nurtured each the BJP and Congress nicely, leaving little scope for regional events to flourish as in different southern states, mentioned observers. The DMK or AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, TRS in Telangana or TDP in Andhra Pradesh – a few of these events have both dominated or are nonetheless ruling, and might bounce again on their very own. In Karnataka, the one large regional social gathering, the JD(S), needed to piggyback on both the BJP or Congress to type the federal government.

“Karnataka is the one state within the south the place each BJP and Congress are robust. Even in Kerala, the Congress would wish the Indian Union Muslim League’s help to type the federal government,” mentioned S Mahadeva Prakash, a political analyst.

Only a couple of main states comparable to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh resemble Karnataka, with each the BJP and Congress having a deep base. Regional events, alternatively, have demonstrated their would possibly in states comparable to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Punjab, in addition to the south.

Therefore, each the BJP and Congress have a difficult process of figuring out leaders with a confirmed document earlier than assigning them a state. For occasion, the BJP chief from a neighbouring state couldn’t assert himself in Karnataka as a result of the social gathering is weak in his own residence state. In the case of KC Venugopal or Digvijaya Singh, each of whom had been in control of Congress affairs in Karnataka when the social gathering dominated, such a query by no means arose.

The latest appointments within the BJP and Congress present the 2 events are fastidiously crafting their methods, each to deepen their footprint in Karnataka and replicate the template in different states.

The BJP, which clocked a skinny 16% vote share within the 1994 meeting polls in Karnataka, greater than doubled it by the 2018 election. Within the state, the social gathering has a base solely in about 175 out of 224 meeting seats; it’s weak in about 54 seats in southern Karnataka. Minister Ravi not solely hails from southern Karnataka however can also be a Vokkaliga, the second largest neighborhood. Yediyurappa as chief minister, mixed with Ravi in a key social gathering function, are supposed to faucet into the votes of Lingayat and Vokkaliga communities.

The approach the Congress has stacked Vokkaliga, Lingayat, Scheduled Caste and Muslim leaders in Karnataka’s key social gathering positions can also be a technique in that route.





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