We decided son won't contest from Varuna, says BS Yeddyurappa

Elias Hubbard
April 23, 2018

"Vijayendra is not filing nomination today, a common man (party worker) will be fielded and he will be filing the nomination", Yeddyurappa said.

The BJP is eyeing on to return to power in the state.

This has led to rumours that local BJP leader and ZP Member from Thagadur in the taluk Sadananda will replace Vijayendra in Varuna. The latest one, conducted by India Today and Karvy Insights, predicts a hung assembly, with the Congress getting 90-101 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 78-86 seats in the 224-member assembly.

"Taking note of this, the BJP has chose to launch a" statewide "namma mane BJP mane (our house is BJP house)" campaign on April 25 where the party workers will hoist party flags atop their houses. Former IPS officer and senior Veerashaiva- Lingayat leader L. Revanasiddaiah, who quit the Congress a couple of days ago, shared the dais with Yeddyurappa. At the convention, the state BJP chief announced that his son will not contest leading to protests, which turned violent as the angry party workers damaged chairs.

However, after BJP's fourth list released without any mention of Varuna, Yeddyurappa said that his son will not be contesting.

Vijayendra was seen as a likely candidate to contest against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's son Yatheendra from the constituency.

Yeddyurappa apologised to constituents in Varuna, and said his decision was "personal". But the chief minister will contest the May 12 election from two other constituencies - Chamundeshwari and Badami.

Preetam J Gowda, Narve Somashekar and Hullahalli Suresh have started poll campaign about a year ago in the respective seats. The state will go to polls on May 12, and the results will be announced on May 15. Not only this, Sreeramulu, along with Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, was also present when Yeddyurappa filed his nomination from Shikaripur.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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