Karnataka’s outgoing Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who led the occasion’s marketing campaign within the not too long ago concluded meeting elections, instructed NDTV at the moment that the Congress began its campaigning early and the BJP messaging went awry within the state.
The BJP, which was ruling the state, gained 66 of the 224 meeting seats. The Congress gained 135 and HD Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal Secular 19 seats.
Requested what had been the teachings drawn from the outcomes, Mr Bommai listed three causes for the Congress victory. The individuals, he mentioned, had been “swayed by freebies”.
Then, “Personally I really feel that the Congress was extra organised and began earlier, which in any other case BJP used to do… We took our selections somewhat late, acted late,” he instructed NDTV within the unique interview.
Lastly, although the BJP authorities carried out lots of programmes, the “proper messaging didn’t go to the individuals… (the federal government’s) main selections didn’t attain the individuals,” he added.
Mentioning that the BJP’s vote share didn’t change, he mentioned that the occasion’s penetration into southern Karnataka, which is a stronghold of the JD(S), has additionally helped the Congress. “5 per cent of the JD(S) votes shifted to the Congress,” he mentioned.
The BJP had maintained its 36 per cent vote share from 2018, however the Congress vote share went up from 38.1 per cent to 42.9 per cent. The JD(S) votes slid from 18.3 to 13.3 per cent.
Wanting ahead, Mr Bommai mentioned it could take just a few months for the scenario to enhance within the BJP camp.
“I take the complete blame. A frontrunner has to take blame. Solely then solely issues can transfer ahead… The main factor is that we have now to organize the occasion fairly early for the Lok Sabha election. Now we have to herald new blood, and new pondering in any respect ranges. Now we have to rejuvenate our staff. Inside three to 6 months, issues will change and assist us,” he mentioned.
Karnataka sends 28 MPs to the Lok Sabha, making it a serious battleground state.
Requested concerning the submit of the chief of the Opposition, Mr Bommai, who will probably be one of the vital senior MLAs from the BJP in the home, remained non-committal, saying he would bolster the occasion marketing campaign whether or not he has the submit or not.
“As a accountable man, I do not go by the submit… whether or not the Chief of the Opposition is given to me. The general duty is on me… I’ve been the Chief Minister for 2 years and have given so many good programmes. It’s for me to take it up as soon as once more to the individuals,” he mentioned.