Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister KE Krishnamurthy encouraged the Telugu speaking population of poll-bound Karnataka to not vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Assembly election, drawing severe criticism from the Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa.
“Who is he (Krishnamurthy) to make such statements? Andhra people have already decided to vote for BJP in Karnataka,” Yeddyruppa said.
The Telugu speaking community in Karnataka forms a sizeable population in the state and makes for a significant voter base. But with the Telugu Desam Party pulling out of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance, the BJP now finds itself in a bit of a problem with the Telugu population in Karnataka.
The Telugu population in Karnataka is concentrated in places such as Ballari, Kalaburagi, Bidar and Kolar.
Taking cognizance of the possible disappointment with the BJP, the party will campaign to make the Telugu population in Karnataka vote for it in the upcoming polls.