Karnataka Janata Paksha

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Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP)
Leader B. S. Yeddyurappa
Founded 9 December 2012
Headquarters Number 11, 12th Main, 17th Cross, Malleswaram, Bengaluru - 560055, Karnataka.
Ideology Social Democratic
Election symbol
KJP party symbol

Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) was a political party based in Karnataka state. It was headed by the former Karnataka Chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa.

Although registered by Padmanabha Prasanna in April 2011, the KJP was formally launched by B. S. Yeddyurappa in late 2012. Yeddyurappa had resigned as a Member of Legislative Assembly and from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party on 30 November 2012. The party was formally launched in a convention at Haveri on 9 December 2012, wherein thousands of people had participated.[1][2][3][4]. Scores of former and sitting legislators, ministers and senior functionaries of the BJP joined the party along with Yeddyurappa.

In the 2013 Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections, the party under the leadership of Yeddyurappa won 6 of the 203 seats it had contested and secured about 10 % of the total votes polled. Although, the party did not make any significant gains in the elections, it had restricted the BJP to just 40 seats, compared to the 121 it had in the outgoing assembly.[5]

In September 2013, Yeddyurappa announced that the party would support the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance to ensure the victory of Narendra Modi.[6] Subsequently, On 2 January 2014, Yeddyurappa announced that the KJP would merge with the BJP and will contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections as one party.[7][8]

Although, the KJP with its 5 MLAs supposedly merged with Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2014[9], B R Patil, the MLA from Aland has refused to join the BJP and has stayed back with the KJP.[10]


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