Shivamogga: No BJP ticket for son - Yeddyurappa unhappy, remains at home

Glen Norman
April 27, 2018

Soon after the incident came to light the BJP workers in Varuna constituency started claiming that Gaviyappa was a huge fan of Vijayendra and that he took the drastic step as Vijayendra didn't get a ticket to contest the assembly elections from Varuna constituency against Yathindra son of chief minister Siddaramaiah and the party gave the ticket to Thotadappa Basavaraju.

It is worth mentioning here that to woo this politically influential community which was expected to support B S Yeddyurappa (also a Lingayat leader) led BJP in the ensuing polls, the State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in a surprising move, considered as a master stroke by many accepted the proposal to grant minority status to Lingayats.

Varuna had become a constituency in 2008 following delimitation and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had been representing it since then.

Later in the evening, Vijayendra said he is not upset with the party's decision to not field him from Varuna. Ticket was announced from Varuna, still he was working there.

On Monday, when Yeddyurappa made the announcement in Nanjangud that his son Vijayendra was not contesting from Varuna, Gaviyappa was the first among the party workers to raise voice against the party High Command at Hullahalli Circle. "Let anybody contest, last time we won with a margin of 30 thousand votes and this time we will win by 50 thousand votes". Through IT they are threatening our party leaders. He was followed by D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar - for just over 300 days each - in the BJP government. They are trying to mentally harrass our leaders. "Where is the chance of him losing this election?" asks BJ Puttaswamy, BJP MLC and close aide of Yeddyurappa.

BY Vijayendra, son of BS Yeddyurappa has been named State General Secretary. Sriramulu will be contesting from Badami against CM Siddaramaiah.

No word yet on Varuna seat.

The decision to prevent Yeddyurappa from having his way in the Varuna seat is widely seen as a result of opposition to his style of functioning by a section of senior leaders in Karnataka BJP. The BJP went into damage control mode and is rushing Prakash Javadekar and Muralidhar Rao to sort out the problem. "I have advised him that, instead of being a candidate, he should work in the Mysuru and Chamarajanagara districts and take part in strengthening the party and mobilising party workers", he added.

The battle for Varuna assembly constituency in Mysuru was projected as a fight between the sons of former and current chief ministers.

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