Karnataka Janata Paksha


Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) was an Indian political party based in Karnataka state. It was founded in 2012 and disestablished in 2014, merging with the Bharatiya Janta Party. It was headed by Karnataka Chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa.

Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP)
LeaderB. S. Yediyurappa
Founded9 December 2012, Haveri
Split fromBharatiya Janata Party
Merged intoBharatiya Janata Party
HeadquartersNumber 11, Shanthi Nagar, Bengaluru - 560055, Karnataka
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre
Colours  Saffron
AllianceNational Democratic Alliance (NDA)
Election symbol
KJP party symbol

Yeddyurappa had resigned as a Member of Legislative Assembly and from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 30 November 2012. The party was formally launched in a convention at Haveri on 9 December 2012, wherein thousands of people participated.

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 8 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 110 it had in the outgoing assembly.[2]

Though the KJP was formed as a splinter of the BJP, it did not profess Hindutva as its ideology and instead adopted a centrist social democratic stance with a secular outlook.

In September 2013, Yeddyurappa announced that the party would support the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance to ensure the victory of Narendra Modi.[3]

Electoral performanceEdit

Year Seats won Voteshare (%)
6 / 224


  1. ^ PTI (9 January 2014). "BS Yeddyurappa returns to BJP, merges Karnataka Janata Paksha". The Economic Times. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Karnataka: Jagadish Shettar resigns as Chief Minister". CNN-IBN. 8 May 2013. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ "No merger with BJP but will back NDA under Modi: BSY – Rediff.com India News". Rediff.com. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2014.

External linksEdit

  • Official website