'Y' factor dogs BJP, Congress in south

BS yedurappa

With Lok Sabha elections not far away, the BJP and the Congress are being dogged by the 'Y' factor in the South, accounting for some 130 seats.

While the shock given to the BJP by B S Yeddyurappa in its stronghold of Karnataka is fresh, the Congress is still to recover in Andhra Pradesh from the formation of the YSR Congress Party by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

There have been more coincidences in the cases of Yeddyurappa and the late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, whose son has parted ways with the Congress to form his party.

70-year-old Yeddyurappa was the man behind the Karnataka victory, with the state being touted as the 'gateway to the south' for the BJP. The party, which was largely known for its north Indian base, created history four years back by coming

to power there on its own.

The late YSR was the one who built the Congress in Andhra Pradesh in recent years and he was one of the leading lights whose hold over the state ensured a good show for the party in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

YSR's spectacular performance in Andhra Pradesh where the Congress had tied up with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti espousing the cause of separate Telangana led to ouster of the BJP-led NDA from power at the Centre after six long years.

The victory in Andhra Pradesh not only boosted numbers of the Congress but also marginalised the TDP headed by N Chandrababu Naidu, who was the kingmaker in the NDA rule at the Centre from 1999 to 2004 by becoming key outside supporter of the BJP-led coalition.

While Yeddyurappa had to quit last year in the wake of allegations of corruption and changing of land use, YSR's family has been under attack for disproportionate assets and alleged land deals. Jaganmohan is in jail for the last over six months.

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