• search
For Quick Alerts
Subscribe Now  
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Karnataka elections: There is Kannada pride, but not parochialism


There is a strong sense of Kannada pride that very much exists in Karnataka, but there is also a nationalistic fervor in the state. There is pride but not parochialism.

Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao

This is what the BJP' Rajya Sabha MP had to say. In this interview with OneIndia, Rao discusses the Karnataka elections and also says that the Yeddy-Modi combination will help BJP sweep the state.

The Congress has made it about Kannada pride. What are your reactions.

There is a strong sense of Kannada pride that very much exists in Karnataka, but there is also a nationalistic fervor in the state. There is pride but not parochialism.

How do you feel the people are seeing it?

I think the people see it as some kind of political attempt. The people feel strongly about issues, but these are not to be associated with any political party.

But the Congress claims to represent Kannada pride

The Congress is a pretender which hardly represents anything Kannada. It is more like a political gimmick played by the Congress. The Congress is not associated with any such pride.

Is it Kannada pride vs nationalism?

As I said earlier there is a strong sense of Kannada pride. You may recall that along with the BJP's rise in the Hindi heartland in the 1990s, Karnataka joined the BJP's rise to power. Karnataka always looked at the BJP as a nationalistic party. The people of Karnataka actually responded to the BJP's national campaign unlike the other southern states.

What are your prospects in Karnataka?

In 2008, we were able to win 110 seats on our own with the Yeddy (Yeddyurappa) factor. This time we have the Yeddy-Modi factor. That has boosted the chances of the BJP multi-fold. You will see this for yourself as the campaign picks up momentum. We will cross the half way mark with ease.

Several surveys have pointed towards a hung-house. Do you agree?

I would not say it would be a hung house. The recent elections in three years have been clear mandates with people voting for major parties. Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are examples I would like to cite here. A hung house is a a rare exception, while a big mandate is the general norm.

Siddaramaiah we hear is looking for a safe seat. Your views sir?

The sitting Chief Minister is jittery and this says a lot. When the leader of the general is jittery consider the battle is lost. When Siddaramaiah himself panics and feels unsafe about his seat, then you know the game is up for the Congress.

Karnataka Assembly Election dates
Date of notification April 17
Last date to file nominations April 24
Last date to withdraw nominations April 27
Date of polling May 12
Date of counting May 15

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more