Prime News, Karnataka, National, Shivamogga, April 20:- Taking a jibe at former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said that though Gowda`s party is contesting only on a few seats in the state, he is nursing ambitions of becoming the Prime Minister of the country, or at least an advisor to the PM.
Yeddyurappa said: “Deve Gowda is fighting on 7 seats in Karnataka and has ambitions of becoming the Prime Minister or an advisor to the Prime Minister.”
Gowda had said in a recent interview that unlike BJP veteran L K Advani, he is not going to retire from active politics and that if Congress president Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister of the country, he will be sitting by his side.
Of the 28 Parliamentary constituencies in the state, Congress and JD(S) are contesting on 21 and 7 seats, respectively, as per a pre-poll arrangement.
Expressing his confidence of BJP gaining a big victory at the polls, Yeddyurappa said: “Despite all the divisive tactics by the Congress party, BJP emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly elections by winning 104 seats. In this election too we are hundred per cent confident that we will not only win Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat with a huge margin but also win more than 22 seats in the state.”
Shivamogga has become a high profile constituency in the state as sons of two chief ministers are battling it out. Yeddyurappa`s son B Y Raghavendra has been campaigning extensively and said that despite the state machinery being used against the BJP in his constituency, the people are with him. His father is very popular in Shikaripura where they have a modest family home in a congested locality but Raghavendra feels that Modi`s popularity is his trump card. The JD(S) nominee Madhu Bangarappa, son of former CM is banking on the Ediga community and his late father`s popularity. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has made several emotional appeals to minorities and other communities to break the hold that Yeddyurappa has in central Karnataka. -MR, Inputs: Agencies. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)