Though Congress came down from 122 seats to 78 in Karnataka, its vote share has gone up to 38% which was higher than the BJP.
"It's not simple arithmetic. In 2017 UP polls, media had added SP & Cong alliance vote share and declared BJP will lose, but it failed,” said a senior BJP leader
BJP leaders are confident of doing well in the state in 2019 and increasing its tally from 17 out of a total 28 seats.
The surfacing of purported tapes showing conversation between BJP leaders and MLAs also impacted the process.
Some BJP leaders said Yeddyurappa had taken the moral high ground and compared it to Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s decision to resign in 1996 after 13 days as he could not muster a majority.
Addressing the national executive meeting of all BJP fronts at the Centre and state units, Modi said the party rank and file should not strive to serve any political dynasty or family.
In 1996, when President Shankar Dayal Sharma invited Atal Bihari Vajpayee to win trust vote as BJP was the single largest party, he gave him a fortnight to take a vote of confidence.
The opposition is also hopeful that a brewing anti-incumbency in many of the 20 states where BJP is in power will also help it in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The second half of the recent budget session of Parliament witnessed no-confidence motion notices given by YSRCP, followed by TDP and others against the Modi government.
Since Rajasthan has strong caste divides and feudal set-up, BJP wants to keep caste equation in mind while choosing state chief
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