With Entertainer Jaggesh As Its Rajya Sabha Applicant, BJP Targets Slippery Vokkaliga Votes

2023 gathering races as a primary concern, BJP hopes to grow impression in Vokkaliga strongholds of old Mysuru locale

The BJP central leadership’s choice to pick film entertainer and BJP pioneer Jaggesh as one of its Rajya Sabha competitors from Karnataka took its state unit – and the entertainer himself – unsuspecting party functionaries in the state say it is a strategic move to charm Vokkaliga votes in the impending gathering races.

Jaggesh, a notable comic entertainer in the Kannada entertainment world, is an individual from the Vokkaliga people group, predominant in South Karnataka, particularly the old Mysuru district. The saffron party has next to no presence nearby as the JDS and Congress have ruled legislative issues there throughout the course of recent many years.

“It was an unexpected move since Jaggesh’s name was not examined at the new state BJP center board meeting. The focal initiative has chosen to name Jaggesh for Rajya Sabha since he has got great supporters and he is a Vokkaliga pioneer. The party needs to urge more Vokkaliga pioneers to charm the local area for the 2023 gathering races and all the more such choices are possible before very long,” a senior BJP functionary told

The old Mysuru locale in South Karnataka comprises of regions that were important for the past realm of Mysore – Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Tumakuru, Hassan, Chikmagalur, Kolar and Bengaluru and bars beach front regions and Kodagu.

Addressing The Indian Express, Jaggesh, who hails from Turuvekere in Tumakuru, said, “It’s God’s favoring that I have been picked by the party. It was a major shock by the party central leadership, I host never asked the gathering administration for anything and I was accomplishing my party work tirelessly. Nonetheless, the party has shown its trust in me.”

The BJP has been attempting to extend its impression in Vokkaliga strongholds for a long time now. Association pastor of state for horticulture Shobha Karandlaje, who is likewise from the local area, is additionally purportedly being considered for a major situation in the party’s state unit.

The BJP had before disheartened the Vokkaliga people group in its selection of possibility for four MLC seats by sitting above Vokkaliga applicant C Manjula without a second to spare for Scheduled Tribe up-and-comer Hemalatha Nayak.

The Vokkaliga vote is conclusive in the old Mysuru area and records for around 30% of the complete electorate. The ‘Vokkaliga belt’ is spread across 12 regions, representing 87 gathering seats. The BJP needs to win countless seats in the district to get a basic larger part in the 224-part Karnataka Legislative Assembly.

C N Ashwath Narayan, advanced education priest and one of the unmistakable Vokkaliga pioneers in the party, said, “The party is going to different lengths to reinforce the base in the old Mysore district by giving better portrayal to the Vokkaliga people group before very long.”

As per party sources, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was in the state as of late, hosts guided get-together pioneers to sack somewhere around 50% of seats in the old Mysuru district. In the 2018 gathering decisions, the party won 20 seats, however the vast majority of the seats were from Bengaluru Urban region. It didn’t proceed also in different regions.

In the mean time, Jaggesh, who recorded his assignments on Tuesday, wouldn’t remark on BJP charming Vokkaliga votes. “I’m a basic BJP laborer and never tried for anything, however the party has been benevolent to me and remembered me,” Jaggesh who had filled in as a BJP Member of Legislative Council, said.

In 2008, Jaggesh left the Congress and the Legislative Assembly to join the saffron party. The 59-year-old was the BJP applicant in Yeshwanthpur get together voting demographic in Bengaluru in the 2018 gathering races. He lost and came third with a sum of around 60,000 votes. Afterward, he was made the party representative and furthermore held Cabinet rank as the bad habit administrator of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.