We will implement Citizenship Amendment Act, NRC in Karnataka: Yediyurappa
By winning 12 out 15 bypoll seats, 76-year old chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finally brought some stability to the over four-month old government. The bypoll victory and ensuing stability putting to rest any imminent threats of dissent against Yediyurappa that added to fears of continuing the already prolonged period of political uncertainty in Karnataka.

Even though the victory of the defectors itself raises questions on political morality, the vote was perceived to be in favour of stability and the hope of getting some or any governance. Especially after the floods that has left a trail of destruction in calamity-prone Karnataka.

In an interview, Yediyurappa spoke about the factors that helped BJP win 12 seats, his priorities going forward and on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Edited excerpts:

What is Karnataka’s stand on National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAA?

We welcome CAA and we will implement it. Everyone has cooperated except for some states. Any decision of the centre (including NRC) is our decision as well.

Did you expect to win 12 out 15 seats in the bypolls?

I have been saying this from the beginning, but the opposition took us lightly and asked people not to give us a majority. Leads of 30,000-45,000 votes are very rare in bypolls. People have supported us beyond our expectations. There was only confusion during Congress-Janata Dal (S) rule and they did nothing for development. People were aware of the good work I did during floods and thought I should compete my term.

With the victory, is it safe to assume that dissent against you within the party has ended?

There was never any dissent. Our state president has given us full cooperation. Only because we worked as a tight knit, strong organization were we able to win 12 seats. This is not just Yediyurappa’s effort.

How did you manage to win K.R.Pete and Chikballapur?

So far, we could not open our account in these districts and there was a special effort by Vijayendra (Yediyurappa’s younger son), who camped there for over 25 days. His effort, the compassion for Narayana Gowda (BJP candidate from K.R.Pete) and the team work paid off. There was talk that we did not have the support of the Gowda’s (Vokkaligas) but we received the support of all communities and our base has increased. Kurubas, Vokkaligas and others have won from our party and will now become ministers.

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