BJP workers hold protest as BS Yeddyurappa's son BS Vijayendra is not chosen as candidate.
After BS Yeddyurappa announced that his son BY Vijayendra will not be its candidate for the Varuna seat, there were massive protests by BJP workers in Mysuru who threatened to resign if Yeddyurappa Junior was not named a candidate by today. Siddaramaiah's son Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah is also contesting from Varuna constituency in Mysuru and a faceoff between sons of the two political veterans, running for Karnataka's chief ministerial post, is now unlikely. Varuna, a rural area with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as its current legislator, was prepping for a show down for weeks. BJP workers have set a deadline of today for the party high command to give BY Vijayendra a ticket or they would resign from the party and vote for HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular). The BJP is yet to announce candidates for Varuna and the Badami seats. Karnataka votes on May 12.
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Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah filed his nomination from Badami.
BJP's B Sriramulu files his nomination as its candidate against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the Badami assembly constituency in North Karnataka.
On BS Yeddyurappa announcing that his son, BY Vijayendra will not be its candidate for the Varuna seat, Siddharamiah said, "Yeddyurappa's son was in Varuna trying to impress the voters and doing ground work. Ticket was announced from Varuna, still he was working there. Yesterday suddenly Yeddyurappa announced that his son will not contest. Let anybody contest, last time we won with a margin of 30 thousand votes and this time we will win by 50 thousand votes."
Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah on IT raids says that, "They (BJP) are misusing IT department against our leaders. Why there is not IT raid on Jagadish Shettar's house. Through IT they are threatening our party leaders. They are trying to mentally harrass our leaders. This is worst and cheap tricks of them. "
B Sriramulu expected to be BJP candidate for Badami constituency against Siddaramaiah reaches Badami.
BY Vijayendra, son of BS Yeddyurappa has been named State General Secretary.
B Sriramulu expected to be BJP candidate for Badami constituency against Siddaramaiah.
No word yet on Varuna seat. The BJP hast to announce a candidate for Varuna. Mr Yeddyurappa has said any candidate fielded from the constituency, currently represented in the assembly by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, will win.
Yeddyurappa leaves Mysore with central BJP leaders
Yeddyurappa left Mysore with Javadekar, Muralidhar Rao. All 3 of them expected to be on their way to Badami.
The contest at Varuna, currently held by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, was expected to be a face-off between his son Dr Yatheendra Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa junior.