BJP new leader Jayaprakash Hegde got warm welcome in District BJP office in Udupi. Commenting on the 2018 Assembly elections, J P Hegde said, “The BJP aims to win 150 seats in the state. It is my responsibility to ensure that it happens. I will work not only in Udupi but concentrate on building the party in Chikkamagaluru too, where I had worked as MP and where I have several friends and supporters. I will unite them together.”
Asked if joining the BJP would result in any shift in his principles, he said, “No, I will always follow the same principles that I have always cherished and followed.”
He also said that he would as active in the BJP as he was in the Congress.