The decisive verdict for the Congress and the Karnataka Janata Party’s rout demonstrated that the people of Karnataka have simply refused to take note of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s party.
The fact that the KJP managed to win just six out of 217 seats it contested demonstrates the magnitude of the loss the Lingayat leader has suffered. Still worse is, Yeddyurappa cannot even stake claim on these seats too as most of them -- B R Patil (Aland), Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli (Bidar), Vishwanath Patil (Bailhongal), U B Banakar (Hirekerur) and Guru Patil Shiraval (Shahapur) -- have won on their individual capacities, not because of Yeddyurappa’s clout. Interestingly, none of the BJP MLAs including his close aide Shobha Karandlaje, C M Udasi and Sunil Vallyapure who went with Yeddyurappa deserting the BJP got the support of the voters. As many as 15 MLAs had joined the KJP. The humiliating defeat of Yeddyurappa’s party yet again proved that there is no place in Karnataka for the parties that are borne out of individual’s ‘me first’ attitude or their ambitions.