BJP hoping this caste will create big Tsunami?
The BJP recently lost Karnataka by a small margin of seats. Finally, a Vokkaliga was made the Chief Minister by the Congress. The saffron party hopes that this "pandering" of the Congress to JDS will anger Kurubas, the caste to which Siddaramaiah belongs.
It may be recalled that Lingayats were once the loyal supporters of the Grand Old Party. The Congress' missteps angered them. They then started veering towards the saffron party, more so under the leadership of BS Yeddyurappa. It's said by political analysts that the turn of Kurubas to vote for BJP has now come. If they do so, it could be a saffron sweep in 2019.
"Let HD Kumaraswamy finish off Sidda politically. The leaderless Kurubas might then turn to BJP. Post-Bangarappa, the Idigas became a core BJP bloc. If Kurubas also join, then BJP is invincible," says one Pradip K Varma.