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

27 April, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Karnataka elections BS Yeddyurappa says his son will not contest from Varuna constituency

The BJP national leadership's decision at the penultimate hour to not allow the party's Karnataka state president and chief minister candidate B S Yeddyurappa to field his younger son as candidate from Varuna constituency was meant to send a message to the Lingayat strongman and others that they can not take unilateral decisions, and that the high command is supreme, according to BJP insiders.

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. The candidate for Badami, from where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will contest for the Congress, is yet to be announced.

Another source said that since the party had accommodated "so many people with poor record, such as the Reddy brothers, it was assumed that there would be no hindrance to Yeddyurappa fielding his son".

Sources say that some within the BJP had complained to the central leadership that the decision regarding Vijayendra had been taken unilaterally.

According to the villagers, Gaviyappa was a follower of Zilla Panchayat member Sadananda and he was very actively campaigning with Vijayendra ever since he began camping out in Varuna constituency few weeks ago even before the BJP high command announced the list of candidates who will be contesting in 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". "It means they are not courageous to face Siddaramaiah". 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. He was followed by D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar - for just over 300 days each - in the BJP government.

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The BJP would have some amount of fire-fighting to be done with a banner of revolt being raised by various leaders who are in favour of Vijayendra's candidature.

BY Vijayendra, son of BS Yeddyurappa has been named State General Secretary.

No word yet on Varuna seat. With this, the BJP has announced 213 candidates. "So, I accept the decision taken by the party", he said. The BJP went into damage control mode and is rushing Prakash Javadekar and Muralidhar Rao to sort out the problem.

The Congress has fielded Yathindra Siddaramaiah, son of Karnataka chief minister P.C. Siddaramaiah, from the constituency for the May 12 election.

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