Five teams of top leaders will tour the State from December 17 to 30

With the battle lines now beginning to emerge clearly after the Haveri rally of its former leader B.S. Yeddyurappa, prominent leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party are set to embark on a State tour to assess its political strength in each Assembly constituency and also to get feedback on the recent political developments as part of its preparations for the next Assembly elections.

The party has formed five teams headed by senior leaders, including Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Deputy Chief Ministers K.S. Eshwarappa and R. Ashok, which will visit all the district centres from Monday.

These leaders will dedicate a day for each of the district and hold three separate meetings — meetings with party workers, district-level core committee comprising top leaders and a public meeting. “The main intention is to assess our political strength on the ground and to get the feedback from our party workers in each of the Assembly constituency post-Haveri rally,” sources in the BJP said.

“Of course, the assessment of the strength is not just with respect to the Karnataka Janata Paksha of Mr. Yeddyurappa, but with the entire political spectrum that includes the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular),” sources noted.

The assessment process is expected to be completed by December 30. This would be followed by an Assembly constituency-wise tour of the second line leaders in the party to get feedback from the grassroot level, sources said.

According to the BJP’s internal poll analysis, the KJP may eat into the party’s votes in 40 to 50 constituencies. The party is focussing on minimising the damage in these segments.

Similarly, the BJP expects a direct fight with the Congress in 130 to 140 constituencies and direct fight with the Janata Dal (Secular) in 25 to 30 constituencies.

Meanwhile, the party is likely to issue show cause notices by Monday to its rebel MLAs who violated the party diktat by attending the Haveri rally. However, the indications are that the party may not proceed beyond issuing show cause notices for the time being. Instead of precipitating legal action, the party is trying to tackle them politically. In this regard, it is examining the possibility of dropping one or two Ministers from the Yeddyurappa camp besides organising political conventions in the constituencies of the 14 MLAs.

While four MLAs who attended the Haveri rally are already said to have told the party leadership about their willingness to continue in the party fold, some other rebels too are said to be trying to send messages to the party that they would not cross-over to the KJP. At the same time, some of the ministers from the Yeddyurappa camp who attended his breakfast meeting in Haveri are said to be in touch with the party leadership.

  • Assessment process expected to be completed

    by December 30

  • Party likely to issue show-cause notices to

    rebel MLAs by Monday