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Updated: May 11, 2013 03:24 IST

LS polls: can BJP do well without Yeddyurappa and the others?

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Following the defeat in the Assembly elections, the vote share of the Bharatiya Janata Party has crashed to 19.97 per cent from 33.86 per cent it secured in 2008.

With this, the party has been pushed to the third position as the Janata Dal(S), which has won 40 seats as did the BJP, has got 20.09 per cent vote share.

Interestingly, the quantum of vote share of the BJP’s splinter groups of Karnataka Janata Paksha and BSR Congress clearly support the argument that the three-way split has badly impacted the BJP’s poll prospects.

While the KJP of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has managed to get 9.83 per cent vote share, the BSR Congress of the former Minister B. Sriramulu has got 2.69 per cent votes.

This would mean that together all these three parties have got 32.49 per cent as against the party’s previous tally of 33.86 per cent. Referring to this, the BJP leaders claimed that the swing of votes from the BJP to either the Congress or the Janata Dal(S) was not much as it was the splinter groups that have eaten into its votes.

The division of the BJP votes among the splinter groups has raised a question over its prospects in the Lok Sabha elections as several leaders in the party feel that its performance may not see any significant improvement in a short span if the political equations among its rebel groups do not alter.

However, when asked if the BJP is thinking of bringing back Mr. Yeddyurappa into its fold, the former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar told reporters soon after the declaration of election results on May 8 that “such a proposal has not been made.”

In this context, the two-day meetings of MLAs, defeated candidates and district units’ presidents convened by the BJP next week to evolve a strategy for rebuilding the organisation has given rise to curiosity whether any of the party leaders will come out with a proposal to bring back all the rebel leaders to the party fold.

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