In a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka ahead of the upcoming state assembly elections, 500 party workers are set to join the opposition Indian National Congress in the Chikkamagaluru district.
According to sources, the 500 BJP workers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the party’s functioning and have decided to join the Congress in the presence of the district Congress president.
The move is expected to boost the Congress party’s prospects in the district, which is considered a stronghold of the BJP.
The BJP, which has been in power in Karnataka since 2008, has been facing stiff competition from the Congress and other opposition parties in the state. The party is now facing a challenge from within, as a large number of its workers are reportedly unhappy with the leadership and functioning of the party.
The development is being seen as a major boost for Congress, which is trying to regain power in the state after being in the opposition for several years. The party has been working hard to strengthen its base in the state and has been reaching out to disgruntled workers of other parties.
The Congress has welcomed the decision of the 500 BJP workers to join the party and has promised to work towards the development of the region and the welfare of the people.
The BJP, on the other hand, has downplayed the significance of the move, calling it a routine development that happens in every party. The party has also accused Congress of using money and muscle power to lure its workers.
The Chikkamagaluru district is known for its coffee plantations and is considered an important political region in the state. The BJP and the Congress have been engaged in a fierce battle for control of the district, and the entry of 500 new workers into the Congress is expected to give the party an edge in the upcoming elections.
The move is likely to send shockwaves across the state, as it comes at a time when the BJP is already facing multiple challenges, including dissent from within and strong opposition from other parties.
The upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka are expected to be closely contested, and this development is likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of the polls.