Let them chest thump: Karnataka CM confident of majority

While Congress is dreaming of returning, CM Basavaraj Bommai is confident of BJP retaining power in Karnataka

| Updated: 10 May, 2023 7:09 pm IST

HIREBENDIGERI (KARNATAKA): The exodus of leaders, some of them heavyweights, from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), might lift the mood in the opposition camp. However, the party is confident of returning to power with a thumping majority as the state voted for a new legislative assembly on Wednesday.

There was an aura of jubilance when some of the top BJP leaders, including former CM Jagadish Shettar and former deputy CM Laxman Savadi, switched sides to join the Congress.

With their fortune hitting rock bottom following a series of disappointments across the country, Congress smelled a chance to upset the BJP juggernaut in one of the biggest states in the country.

However, incumbent Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai looked unperturbed by the whispers as he told The New Indian that he was confident the party was returning to power with an absolute majority.

“I have gotten responses from all over the state. The response is very good. The BJP is returning to power with a thumping majority,” Bommai told The New Indian after casting his vote at Hirebendigeri in the Haveri district of Karnataka.

On Congress fancying their chances, Bommai looked confident about what would happen on May 13. “Let them beat their chest. After (May) 13, they will know,” he said.

Brushing aside the controversy surrounding Bajrang Dal, Bommai said, “It is over now.” When asked about the presence of the Muslim population in his constituency, Bommai said, “They are my people.”

On the chances of him returning as the CM, Bommai said that it will be decided after May 13 (when the results will be out). “That will be decided after May 13.”

When asked about what will happen on May 13, Bommai is confident. “Coming back with an absolute majority,” he summed up.

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