'IAF strike will help BJP win more than 22 Karnataka LS seats'

Karnataka:- Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said India's pre-emptive strikes on terror camps in Pakistan had created a wave in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will help the party win over 22 of 28 seats in the state in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

"The atmosphere....day by day, the wind is increasingly blowing in favour of BJP. Yesterday's action of destroying terror hideouts by entering inside Pakistan has resulted in a pro-Modi wave in the country, the results of which can be seen in coming Lok Sabha polls," Yeddyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters in Chitradurga, Yeddyurappa said, "It has enthused youths; all this will help us in winning more than 22 Lok Sabha seats (in Karnataka)."

India conducted a major pre-emptive strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp early on Tuesday, killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.

India's action comes close on the heels of the Pulwama incident in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed in one of the deadliest terror strikes in decades in Jammu and Kashmir.

Currently, BJP holds 16 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, Congress 10 and JD(S) 2. The ruling alliance of Congress and JD(S), who have decided to contest the Lok Sabha polls together, have begin discussions about seat sharing.

Sharing of seats is expected to be a litmus test for both parties, with JD(S) demanding 10-12 seats, while Congress has maintained that seat sharing will be based on 'merit'.

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