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Sadananda Gowda confident of BJP winning 22 seats in State

A show of strength: State BJP leaders at an election campaign meeting at Ilwala near Mysore on Thursday. State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda is at the centre.

A show of strength: State BJP leaders at an election campaign meeting at Ilwala near Mysore on Thursday. State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda is at the centre.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

‘The changed political scenario will help the party increase its tally’

MYSORE: President of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Thursday expressed confidence that the BJP would win more than 22 seats in the State.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Sadananda Gowda said that the BJP hoped to win only 20 seats, but the changed political scenario in the State would help the party increase its tally. The Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress had publicly admitted their defeat. With the former chief ministers S.M. Krishna and H.D. Kumaraswamy defending the “secret pact” between the two parties, the voters felt that the two parties had let them down and they would favour the BJP, he claimed.

The differences between Rastriya Janata Dal and the Congress-partners in the United Progressive Alliance would help the National Democratic Alliance. While the BJP was prepared to produce a list of constituencies where it was confident of its victory, the Janata Dal (S) and the Congress were not confident of winning any seat in the State, he said.

Mr. Sadananda Gowda expressed confidence of the BJP winning at least 17 seats for which polling was being held on Thursday. Similarly, claiming that the party would win the Mysore and Chamarajanagar seats, he said the scale in Mandya was tilting towards the BJP. On why he shifted from Mangalore to the Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency, he said that irrespective of the candidate, the party would win the Mangalore seat hands down as it was a bastion of the BJP.

As party workers and people of the Chikmagalur constituency appealed to him to contest from there, he had decided to shift his constituency. On resuming “operation lotus”, he said that initially the BJP admitted MLAs from other parties to provide a stable Government.

“It can’t be called operation lotus. It is political polarisation. Leaders and workers from other parties are joining the BJP on their own unconditionally,” he said. Mr. Sadananda Gowda addressed campaign meetings in various parts of Mysore district.

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