New Delhi, April 23: Former Karnataka chief minister and BJP candidate B S Yeddyurappa on Monday announced that his son B Y Vijayendra will not be contesting from Varuna assembly constituency in Mysuru against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s son Yatindra. His statement came after BJP released its fourth list of seven candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections 2018.
When asked about the sudden changes, Yeddyurappa told to reporters that decision was taken by the party’s central leadership and we are okay with it. The party decided that my son will not contest from Varuna constituency. He further said that a common man (party worker) will be fielded and he will be filing the nomination.
He requested people to bless the candidate and make him win. The battle for Varuna assembly constituency in Mysuru was projected as a fight between the sons of former and current chief ministers. The BJP has not so far officially announced any candidate for Varuna. From Congress side, Dr Yatheendra Siddaramaiah will be contesting from Varuna constituency.
According to party sources, Vijayendra was to file his nomination from Varuna today. After Yeddyurappa left the stage, angry workers got on to the dais and damage furniture. The party workers also stop leaders’ cars to know the reason why Vijayendra was denied the ticket. As PTI quoted, police said they resorted to lathi-charge to bring the situation under control.
Siddaramaiah, who has chosen neighbouring Chamundeshwari and Badami in north Karnataka to contest the May 12 assembly election, has been representing Varuna after it became a constituency in 2008 following delimitation.
Yeddyurappa’s elder son B Y Raghavendra is the sitting member of the assembly from Shikaripura in Shivamogga district. Yeddyurappa is contesting the upcoming election from Shikaripura.
The tenure of 224-member Karnataka Assembly expires on May 28. Currently, the state is ruled by Siddaramaiah-led Congress. Karnataka will go to polls on May 12. The results will be out on May 15.
(With inputs from agency)