Belgaum: The state BJP leadership is in a fix over striking a consensus on candidates for parliamentary constituencies in north Karnataka especially Bagalkot, Belgaum and Bijapur constituencies with KJP leaders and followers of B.S. Yeddyurappa revolting against some of the sitting party MPs.
Most KJP leaders and those who contested the recent assembly elections in these places, are demanding tickets for loyalists of Yeddyurappa while threatening to rebel if they are sidelined.
“I have faced three assembly elections on a BJP ticket so far and lost the 2009 elections by a slender margin to the Congress candidate from Belgaum North assembly segment. For many years, I worked at the grassroots for the party's growth before joining KJP along with Yeddyurappa. I have spoken to the top leadership about my willingness to contest as a BJP candidate from Belgaum parliamentary constituency. Party workers here are against making Suresh Angadi the candidate,'' says Shankargouda Patil, a loyalist of Yeddyurappa.
KJP leaders held a meeting presided over by Bailhongal MLA Vishwanath Patil and decided to pressurise the leadership to select Patil.
According to sources, Yeddyurappa loyalists are against Angadi as he stayed away from the ex- CM when he quit BJP....