The two new players in the 2013 elections, Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) led by former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, and the Badavara Shramikara Raithara (BSR) Congress led by mining baron B. Sriramulu, are offshoots of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka. Both come with the baggage of the recent political past, and both believe that they are destined to play the role of either spoilers or king-makers in a post-election hung assembly. The two parties claim to have commenced their poll preparation well before the announcement of assembly elections.

Mr. Yeddyurappa’s claim of getting prominent BJP leaders to join the KJP has come a cropper and he is now the sole campaigner for the party.  BSR Congress on the other hand has film actor Pooja Gandhi besides Mr. Sriramulu, whose campaigns are restricted to Chamarajanagar and Raichur districts respectively.