Friday, 16 November, 2018

High command decision is final, Vijayendra not contesting from Varuna: BSY

Karnataka Election Updates BS Yeddyurappa's Son Vijayanagar Not To Contest Assembly Polls Karnataka Assembly Election Siddaramaiah filed his nomination from the Chamundeshwari seat on Friday
Glenn Montgomery | 27 April, 2018, 01:00

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.

Soon after BJP announced that it wouldn't field Vijayendra from Varuna, JD (S) party workers from Varuna rushed to G T Devegowda's house in Vijayanagar, demanding that his son G D Harish Gowda be fielded there, replacing M S Abhishek, a Lingayat. From Congress side, Dr. Yatheendra Siddaramaiah will be contesting from Varuna constituency. Yeddyurappa, meanwhile, will fight from Shikaripura in the upcoming polls.

Yeddyurappa is now 75 and speculation is rife in the local party unit that in the event of him becoming the chief minister again, he will be replaced after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, though BJP chief Amit Shah has repeatedly clarified that he will complete his full term.

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This action of Yeddyurappa has created some anxious moments for the people in the inner circle of the party.

The BJP came to power and Yeddyurappa, who became the chief minister, inducted her as the minister for panchayat raj and rural development, an important portfolio.

BJP's B Sriramulu files his nomination as its candidate against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the Badami assembly constituency in North Karnataka. The party wants to control Yeddyurappa and others (from developing parallel leadership lines). They are trying to mentally harrass our leaders.

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

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

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

With an eye on crucial Karnataka assembly elections, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of Chief Ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled States are expected to attend the ceremony of opening of portals of Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand on April 29.

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