Congress could win in the last Assembly election due to split (caused by Yeddyurappa's exit) in the BJP, he told reporters in Madurai after offering worship at the famous temple of Goddess Sri Meenakshmi Amman along with his family members.

He said Yeddyurappa had expressed his wish to join BJP with the sole objective of making Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

Eshwarappa, also a former state unit BJP President, said he was confident that the party would win 22 out 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka.

Maintaining that ‘Modi wave’ was blowing across the country, he said the Gujarat Chief Minister's popularity had increased after the victory of the BJP in three states.

Yeddyurappa, credited with leading the BJP to forming its first ever government in the south in Karnataka, had on Monday said he would return to the party which he had deserted to form the KJP more than a year ago.

(Agencies)

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