'Revolt' in Karnataka against BJP's list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls

The BJP's list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka has led to discontent amongst members, with former Deputy Chief Minister KS Eshwarappa "revolting" against the party.
'Revolt' in Karnataka against BJP's list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls
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The BJP's list of 20 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka, which includes former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai contesting from Haveri, has led to discontent amongst members, with former Deputy Chief Minister KS Eshwarappa "revolting" against the party.

Eshwarappa went all out against the former Chief Minister and BJP parliamentary board member BS Yediyurappa after his son KE Kantesh could not make it to the list of candidates announced by the party's high command on March 13.

The BJP leader wanted a ticket for his son from the Haveri Lok Sabha seat, but the party has fielded Bommai, the sitting MLA.

Upset over the development, Eshwarappa announced that he would contest the elections from Shivamogga against Yediyurappa’s elder son BY Vijayendra as a mark of protest against ‘dynastic politics in Karnataka’.

In an interview to the PTI news agency, Eshwarappa alleged that the BJP is in bad shape in Karnataka.

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'Revolt' in Karnataka against BJP's list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls

"People and the workers are in favour of the BJP, but the system here is bad. What is our Narendra Modi ji saying? The Congress party is in the hands of one family. Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhiâ€æ the central Congress is being controlled by one family. Same situation in Karnataka. Karnataka’s BJP is in control of one family. We have to protest this," the 75-year-old leader said.

He even charged that those standing in favour of Hindutva are being sidelined, be it CT Ravi, Pratap Simha, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal or Sadananda Gowda.

"Under any circumstances, I will have to fight the election, which I will do," Eshwarappa said.

Former Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, who was initially reluctant to contest the Lok Sabha elections, has suddenly expressed his strong desire to fight the polls.

On Tuesday, he even hinted that he might consider joining Congress and make his decision public in a press conference on Wednesday.

In Koppal, two-time BJP MLA Karadi Sanganna is also upset over being denied a ticket after the party decided decided to field Dr Basavaraj Kyavator.

Sanganna said he too is in touch with Congress leaders "but no decision has been taken yet".

"I will not decide now. We have a meeting with our party leaders on Thursday. I will go with whatever our leaders will suggest, whether to stay in the party or join Congress," Sanganna told reporters.

The BJP has fielded V Somanna from Tumakuru, which has enraged former Karnataka Minister JC Madhuswamy, who had expressed his displeasure.

"I am pained that he (Yediyurappa) did not stand for me and back my candidature. Now I am thinking about whether to stay in this party or not when there is no protection here. I will discuss with my workers what to do next," Madhuswamy said.

He, however, noted that "Congress is not a safe zone".

"When there is confusion amongst leaders in public life, only people can judge better. I will call a meeting and ask them what to do next," Madhuswamy said.

He even said he had said in clear terms that he would not work for Somanna.

Source: India Today

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