If BJP gets more than 50 seats, I'll do whatever Shettar says: Yeddyurappa

Former chief minister and BJP rebel B S Yeddyurappa has travelled across 50 constituencies in the last 10 days, a campaign schedule outmatched by any other leader. His Karnataka Janata Party is expected to divide the BJP's Lingayat vote base in the Mumbai-Karnataka and central Karnataka regions, which would benefit the Congress, while also bagging seats in other places such as Haveri district where five of the six BJP candidates have jumped boat.

On Monday night, at an election rally in Shiggaon (the exception among the six seats), the Lingayat strongman recounted the story of his betrayal by the BJP, and for the first time attacked the BJP's Shiggaon candidate, his one-time close aide and minister Basavaraj Bommai. He blamed Bommai for driving a wedge between him and the BJP. On Tuesday, Yeddyurappa told The Indian Express, "I am sorry, I was really upset and I lost my head." This was in Hubli, the stronghold of current BJP chief minister Jagadish Shettar, Yeddyurappa's aide-turned-Lingayat rival Jagadish Shettar.

In the course of an interview, Yeddyurappa discussed how he expects the polls to unfold:

What kind of response have you seen for the Karnataka Janata Party in the course of your campaign?

In the last one week, the campaign has been going beyond our expectations. There is no question of suffering a setback in any of the constituencies I have travelled to... more than 10,000 to 20,000 people have gathered for every rally. Every day, there is a growing demand for me to campaign in new constituencies. Yesterday I covered nine constituencies, today I will cover eight. When national leaders of other parties are offering to campaign, people are not as interested. I am tired because of the amount of travelling I have done.

The KJP has been labelled the B-team to the Congress by BJP leaders such as Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar. What do you have to say?

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