Bengaluru: Dismissing pre-poll surveys which had suggested a hung Assembly in Karnataka, BJP state president and former Chief Minister Mr B.S. Yeddyurappa said that all poll predictors would be proved wrong on May 15, like it happened when the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls results were announced.
Participating in a Meet the Press programme organised by Press Club of Bangalore and Bangalore Reporters' Guild, Mr Yeddyurappa said the 'Mission 150' of BJP was still valid and the party would reach its target of 150 seats.
Rejecting reports that he was upset with candidate selection, Mr Yeddyurappa said that during the last two years, he had toured the entire state three times. Based on his field experience, he had submitted a list to the party national president.
Meanwhile, Mr Amit Shah also got three surveys done and found that 95% of the candidates in his list were right and they were given ticket. “Besides, Mr Shah and Mr Modi do not expect me to accompany them wherever they go. According to them, campaigning differently will help the party cover more regions,” Mr Yeddyurappa said.
When asked about the party denying a ticket to his son Mr Vijayendra, Mr Yeddyurappa said it was the party's decision. “Since I was the CM candidate, the party decided not to give a ticket to my family members. However, he has been given the responsibility of campaigning for the party in Mysuru and Chamarajnagar districts,” Mr Yeddyurappa said.
When asked why the 'mining tainted' Reddy brothers were still campaigning for the BJP, Mr Yeddyurappa said no cases have been proved against them. “Since there is a court remark against him, Mr Janardhan Reddy has not been given a seat,” he said.