In his second bid to enter Parliament from Shimoga after the failed attempt in 1991, Yeddyurappa is leaving nothing to chance though his rivals from JDS and Congress are greenhorns. Congress and JDS are using the weapon of corruption against Yeddyurappa, whose name is often invoked by BJP's opponents at the national level to deflate the party's anti- graft plank.
Yeddyurappa, who has often made it clear that he was not keen on entering the arena but the party persuaded him to do so, is invoking the name of Narendra Modi, saying his wave is here as elsewhere. 71-year-old Yeddyurappa is facing a serious challenge from JDS' Githa Shivarajkumar, former Chief Minister late S Bangarappa's daughter, who has described herself as "clean and fresh" candidate.
His Congress rival is a newcomer and a young party worker Manjunath Bhandari who was office bearer in KPCC at Bangalore. His candidature has left a bitter taste in the local unit, particularly with Kumar Bangarappa, son of Bangarappa, who had also tried for the ticket to contest the elections.
Shimoga seat was held by Yeddyurappa's son B Y Raghavendra and the leader with the pan state appeal was persuaded by his party to contest the Lok Sabha polls, hoping his presence would prove beneficial to BJP. He had played spoilsport to BJP in the 2013 Assembly polls when he secured 10 per cent vote share for his Karnataka Janatha Party (KJP).