2 Former Karnataka Deputy CM and senior BJP leader, Laxman Savadi, has resigned from the party, sending shockwaves through the political circles of the state.

The announcement comes just a day after the BJP announced its list of candidates for the upcoming Karnataka elections in 2023. Speculations are rife about the reasons behind Savadi’s sudden decision to quit the BJP, with some sources citing his unhappiness with the party’s decision to field candidates from his constituency without consulting him. This is a major setback for the BJP, as Savadi is known for his influence over the Lingayat community, which is a significant vote bank in the state. The Congress and the JD(S) have seized the opportunity to attack the BJP, with leaders accusing the party of infighting and betraying one of its most loyal leaders.