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
Most of the rallies will take place in the coastal and northern part of the state. The party estimates that Modi’s popularity can help it significantly in around ten seats in Karnataka.
Sources said Yeddyurappa also wanted Karandlaje to contest so that in case there he becomes chief minister and there is an attempt within BJP to dislodge him, he can forward her name as a replacement.
While BJP attributed the initial move at dissuading Misra from giving a verdict in the Ayodhya dispute, finance minister Arun Jaitley termed the move as a revenge petition.
The Congress cried foul, saying the RS chairperson is not supposed to act in a “quasi-judicial capacity” and that it would approach the Supreme Court against Naidu’s order.
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