Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa on Monday said that the a survey will be conducted by the external agency to select the candidates for the 2018 assembly polls and added that several sitting legislators from rival parties are willing to join the BJP. As per the BJP president, there is possibility of early elections.
In press meet Yeddyurappa said, “We are planning things. A survey needs to be conducted to find out who the best available candidate is. Our workers are on a Vistarak Yojna (Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Vistarak Yojana). Once they come back we will get the feedback; then we may conduct a survey so that it will benefit the party. The survey will be held by an external agency throughout the state to get a correct picture and find out our probable candidate.”
There were rumors that a secret survey was being conducted in all the 224 assembly seats in Karnataka at the behest of BJP president Amit Shah on basis of which the saffron party’s election plan including selection of candidates was likely to be finalized. Following this the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had also announced that the Congress will also carry out a survey about its government’s performance and legislators to formalize its strategies ahead of the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Election 2018.
He also said, “Many are approaching us, the only problem they have is if they join the party now the development in their constituency would stop and elections are approaching, and by-polls will have to be held. They want to join when six months are left for assembly elections to avoid any by-polls. Many have expressed interest. We are looking to encourage them wherever we don’t have a good candidate. We don’t want to promise everyone and bring them in.”
When asked about the reasons behind the early poll preparation, he said that there was fear among the Congress leaders that the drought situation may get worsen. Also he said that the Congress feels that if the election in the Karnataka is held along with the Gujarat elections, then they would benefit, thinking that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah’s focus would be on winning their home state.