The BJP in the last general election won just 20 of the 130 seats in the five southern states — Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha was shown black flags by party workers after an event in Shahdara on Friday where he said there was nothing wrong in calling a spade a spade and praised the AAP government.
Modi government has added an insidious dimension to the nexus. It is hidden in plain sight
“As far as I know, Swami Agnivesh is a person who survives on foreign donations. The saffron dress that he wears is to deceive the simple Indians. He is a fraud and not a Swami. He had himself planned this attack to gain popularity,” the minister said.
The BJP is trying to expand its influence in the southern state, which has been dominated by the CPI(M)-led Left Front and Congress-headed United Democratic Front for decades.
According to the report, the total donations received by national political parties between the financial year (FY) 2016-17 increased by Rs 487.36 cr — an increase of 478% from Rs 102.02 crore declared during the previous fiscal.
The Congress stands to both gain, and lose, more from the Karnataka poll results than the BJP. That is the simple asymmetry behind this important election
Karnataka elections: During one such brief autorickshaw ride in Mangalore city, the heart of the communally-sensitive Dakshina Kannada region, a driver stated: “Hindus will die if BJP doesn’t return (to power).”
More than 200 BJP workers were booked in over 50 cases in Uttara Kannada for alleged involvement in violence in Kumta and Sirsi towns of the district.
When asked about the incident, Tapkir said he and Bhegade “happened to eat by mistake”. “It is a routine to serve snacks at meetings. So, when the snacks arrived, we happened to eat them while the discussions were on,” he said.
PM Narendra Modi fast Highlights: BJP Delhi MPs on Wednesday issued instructions to its workers: don’t be seen eating, don’t click selfies, clear food vendors from the area and don’t fast if you’re diabetic.
All is not well within the ruling BJP. In private, more than the Opposition members, it is the MPs of the Treasury benches in Parliament who look worried.
Sources said Nitish has been upset at statements made by BJP leader and union minister Giriraj Singh and BJP state president Nityanand Rai during and after the Araria Lok Sabha bypoll.
Mamata Banerjee asked, “All institutions are being destroyed, how can a political party announce election dates before any announcement by the election commission?”
A political war of words triggered between the Congress and the BJP after Prasad accused the main opposition party of having links with Cambridge Analytica, the Facebook associate under the scanner.