Mysuru: Ending months’ of speculation, BJP veteran and former chief minister B S Yediyurappa confirmed on Friday that the Saffron party will tie-up with JDS to fight the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
A major political move comes after Union Home Minister Amit Shah reportedly gave his nod for the alliance, it is said. Yediyurappa said “I’m happy that there will be a BJP-JDS understanding. It will help win 25-26 Lok Sabha seats, together.”
The JDS which is struggling to sustain itself as a party after the Congress’ thumping victory in 2023 Assembly election, had been keen on joining hands with the BJP to keep itself afloat. Expressing the same, JDS MLA G T Devegowda too said that the alliance with the BJP was needed for the party to survive.
BJP veteran Yediyurappa told mediapersons that Union Home Minister Amit Shah has agreed to leave four Lok Sabha seats for JDS. In all probability, JDS may get Mandya, Kolar, Tumakuru and Hassan Lok Sabha seats. “The alliance is very essential to fight against the Congress government. Together, we will fight against the Congress government,” said former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Currently, BJP has won 25 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Congress and JDS had won one seat each.
Meanwhile, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha said that Yediyurappa’s decision is for the welfare of the party and he knows what’s best for the party.
“He is our unquestionable leader and I will bow for his decision. He was responsible for bringing BJP to power in the State twice. So, he has taken the decision in the interest of the party,” MP Simha said.