Bengaluru: The BJP legislature party has elected former minister and Vokkaliga leader R Ashoka as the leader of the opposition in the state Assembly. Ashoka is a close supporter of former CM B S Yediyurappa. The election comes six months after the BJP lost the state Assembly polls and a week after the appointment of Yediyurappa’s son B Y Vijayendra as the new BJP state chief.
Ashoka was elected unanimously by the BJP legislature party. He is known as a strong Vokkaliga leader and is expected to play a key role in the BJP’s efforts to regain power in the state.
The election of Ashoka is seen as a victory for Yediyurappa, who has been side-lined by the BJP’s central leadership in recent months. Yediyurappa had been pushing for the appointment of Ashoka as the leader of the opposition, and his successful lobbying is seen as a sign of his continued influence within the BJP in Karnataka.
The appointment of Ashoka is also seen as an attempt by the BJP to consolidate its support among the Vokkaliga community, which is the largest caste group in Karnataka. The Vokkaligas have traditionally been a stronghold of the BJP, but the party has lost ground to the Congress in recent years. The BJP hopes that Ashok’s appointment will help to regain the support of the Vokkaligas.
The election of Ashok is a significant development in Karnataka’s political landscape. It is a sign that the BJP is still a force to be reckoned with in the state, and it is likely to have a major impact on the upcoming elections.