It looks like BJP is not leaving any stone untoward in order to get maximum seats in Karnataka for upcoming Lok Sabha elections. As we all know Congress and JDS are forming alliance and fighting the elections together, fearing that they may not win any seats if they fight alone against BJP.
According to sources Bengaluru North seat will be given to JDS as per seat sharing agreement. Due to huge Vokkaliga population, JDS has been given this seat. JDS is planning to make H D Deve Gowda stand from this seat. As we all know, a huge family fight is taking place in JDS. Prajwal Revanna, son of Deve Gowda’s elder son Revanna is making statement against his party as he had not been given ticket to stand for assembly elections. To not make Revanna’s family angry, Deve Gowda has agreed to give Hassan seat to his grandson Prajwal Revanna.
On the other hand, there was news that Deve Gowda may stand from Mandya. But here also family politics is taking place, with CM Kumaraswamy trying to make his son Nikhil Kumar stand from Mandya, so that his nephew Prajwal does not dominate his son in future. Seeing all these, Deve Gowda has decided to sacrifice his seat and most probably opt for Bengaluru North.
Sadananda Gowda from BJP is the current MP. The Lok Sabha constituency has 5 Congress MLAs, 2 JD(S) MLAs, and only one BJP MLA. However Sadananda Gowda may back out if Deve Gowda is the candidate. The combination of Congress and JDS have an edge here. And the only way BJP can retain the seat is through one man, who is none other than former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna.
The BJP seems to be considering former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna as its ace in the hole for the Bengaluru North parliamentary seat. Krishna who has been keeping a low profile turned active suddenly and issued at least three statements last week, including one praising the Union Budget.
Krishna is also said to be inclined to contest. A final decision will be made by BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This gains significance amid reports that former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda was considering contesting from Bengaluru North, indicating a possibility of a high-voltage electoral battle.
Gowda and Krishna are tall leaders of the Vokkaliga community, and have till date never had a direct face-off in their over 50-year political careers. BJP feels that in Bengaluru, Krishna has a favourable image as a leader who developed it into the IT capital. Krishna’s candidature from the city will also help BJP’s fortunes in Bengaluru South constituency, with a sizeable Vokkaliga vote base.
BJP has won all the three Lok Sabha seats from the city since 2009, and is fighting to retain them. The BJP wants to fight for every seat and winnability is the only factor for ticket distribution. And now it looks like BJP has gained upper hand, with news of Krishna taking on Deve Gowda sending shivers to state government.