New Delhi: BJP had to "sacrifice" Sadananda Gowda as Karnataka Chief Minister to keep its flock together, key NDA ally JD-U on Sunday said, linking his exit with the upcoming Presidential election.
"Gowda would not have been sacrificed had the Presidential election not been there. BJP had to take the decision to keep its vote base intact and the flock together," JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said.
There have been reports that Congress managers were reaching out to the rebel faction led by B S Yeddyurappa for its support for Pranab Mukherjee`s Presidential candidature even as the BJP declared the party`s backing for P A Sangma.
Asserting that caste is a reality in Karnataka as well as in the whole country, Yadav said, the BJP has taken the right decision to replace Gowda with Jagadish Shettar.
"A number of decisions have to be taken in politics due it (caste). Lingayat vote which was earlier with the JD-S has now come to BJP and they have to keep this vote base intact", he said.
Yadav evaded questions on whether a similar thing would have happened in JD-U and merely said,"our party and their party are separate. This is their internal matter. I am commenting as a political analyst on this issue".