Karnataka Election Updates: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Files His Nomination From Badami

27 April, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Karnataka elections BS Yeddyurappa says his son will not contest from Varuna constituency

In a surprise announcement, Yeddyurappa had on Monday said Vijayendra would not contest from Varuna constituency against chief minister Siddaramaiah's son Yatindra.

The party feels that if it nominate the son of Mr Yeddyurappa it would give ammo in the hands of Congress to critise BJP which had always been opposed to the "dynasty rule" practiced in Congress. From Congress side, Dr. Yatheendra Siddaramaiah will be contesting from Varuna constituency. "Though there were other senior aspirants from the same seat, it had been a given that Vijayendra would contest [the] elections", the official said, according to The News Minute.

"The state Lokayukta's report of July 27, 2011 led to the removal of Yeddyurappa as the BJP's first Chief Minister in the south on July 31, 2011".

A Bangalore-based party leader, however, said the state president couldn't take such decisions.

Sources said the decision was announced at the penultimate hour to prevent the Yeddyurappa camp from causing any damage to the party before the nominations closed.

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A Lingayat leader from Varuna associated with the campaign told The Hindu on the condition of anonymity that the BJP workers in Varuna were upset over the developments and it might reflect on the elections. "Let anybody contest, last time we won with a margin of 30 thousand votes and this time we will win by 50 thousand votes". Yes, leaders like Srinivas Prasad and Vishwanath have switched sides, but remember he steered the party to victory in Nanjangud and Gundlupet bypolls recently without them. Why there is not IT raid on Jagadish Shettar's house. This is worst and cheap tricks of them. "Where is the chance of him losing this election?" asks BJ Puttaswamy, BJP MLC and close aide of Yeddyurappa. Vijayendra, Yeddyurappa's second son, had been campaigning in Varuna for the past two weeks.

B Sriramulu expected to be BJP candidate for Badami constituency against Siddaramaiah.

The Varuna seat was held by Siddaramaiah for the last 10 years and was vacated to allow Yathindra to launch his political career.

Later, the BJP sent the "B form" by air as the decision over his candidacy was taken.

While addressing party members in Shivamogga, Yeddyurappa also urged BJP members to not endorse NOTA and instead to ensure that the party candidate emerges victorious in Varuna. Earlier, some of his supporters exerted pressure on the party's emissaries - Prakash Javadekar and Muralidhar Rao - who rushed to Mysuru for a firefighting mission.

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