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BJP poised to bounce back to power in Karnataka after six years

Bengaluru, Jul 23 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party, which made its first advent in Karnataka to form its own government in 2008, is poised to return back to power in the next few days.
This comes in the wake of the serious debacle JD(S)-Congress coalition suffered in the floor test after chief minister offer to take the Confidence Motion four days ago, but that was extended for four days.
BJP, which made its advent in the South and the East had considered the Karnataka state as the gate-way for its entry into the elusive South India, will come back to power after a gap of six years in the state, following the collapse of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government here on Tuesday.
The BJP, which had emerged as the single largest party in the 2008 Assembly elections by bagging 110 seats, three short of majority had formed the Government on its own by securing the support of the five independents, led by senior leader B S Yeddyurappa.
However, the then Chief minister Yeddyurappa, had to step down from the post following corruption charges in the alleged illegal denotification of revenue land, in 2010, in which the beleaguered Yeddyurappa had also served a judicial custody of over 23 days.
Senior BJP leader, D V Sadananda Gowda, who had taken the reigns from B S Yeddyurappa, also had to resign following dissident activities in the party, and elected another senior leader in the party Jagadish Shettar as the new chief minister.
Thereafter the BJP suffered defeat in the 2013 Assembly elections, when the party was divided by B S Yeddyurappa and formed his own new party Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).
However the resurgent Saffron party with Yeddyurappa back in the fold under the influence of Narendra Modi, influenced BJP which had emerged to edge towards being single largest party in the 2018 Assembly elections. But it fell short by a whisker winning 104 seats, short of the 113 simple majority mark, and sat in the opposition.
But the BJP oozed in confidence under Narendra Modi wave winning 25 out of 28 seats in the Lok Sabha elections and an independent in Mandya supported by it alwo won. It was such a morale booster for the saffron party even as the coalition government in Karnataka suffered under differences among the coalition party partners
The cloak turned a full circle today after the tethering coalition government fell on Tuesday and again Yeddyurappa, is likely assume the mantle of the state government.
To the BJP’s advantage Congress and JDS(S) fought the Lok Sabha unitedly but met with humiliating defeated.
After the 14-month-old JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka, was reduced to minority, when 15 of its MLAs, including three from the JD(S) had resigned to their membership in the Assembly, the writing was on the wall for the short-lived government.
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