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It’s ghar wapsi for SN Krishnaiah Shetty as he rejoins saffron party

Published Jul 3, 2017, 3:58 am IST
Updated Jul 3, 2017, 3:58 am IST
Krishnaiah Shetty rejoins the BJP in the presence of party state president B.S. Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru on Sunday. (Photo: DC)
 Krishnaiah Shetty rejoins the BJP in the presence of party state president B.S. Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru on Sunday. (Photo: DC)

Bengaluru: Former BJP minister S.N. Krishnaiah Shetty, who was a co-accused along with former chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa in an alleged land scam during his stint as minister, rejoined the saffron party on Sunday after severing his four-year "not so fruitful" ties with the Congress in Kolar district.

What is significant is that in a span of just two weeks, three leaders have quit the Congress-veteran leader and former MP A.H. Vishwanath, prominent Vishwakarma leader K.P. Nanjundi and now Mr Shetty. 

Speaking to DC, a senior leader in the Congress asserted that there will be no damage to the party vote bank except in the case of Mr Vishwanath's exit. "Be it the case of Mr Nanjundi or Mr Shetty, these leaders will not be able to bring their community votes to our kitty. Traditionally the Vishwakarma community and Arya Vaishya community are a core voter group of the BJP. Mr Shetty was never active in the Congress in Kolar after he joined the party. He was inducted on the insistence of Kolar Lok Sabha MP, K. H. Muniyappa. It helped Mr Muniyappa to a certain extent during the Lok Sabha polls. But after that, Mr Shetty remained absent from party programmes in the district. Although physically he was with the Congress, he remained a BJP worker at heart. Even during the Gram Panchayat, Taluk Panchayat, Zilla Panchayat and other Urban Local Body elections, he fielded his  candidate against the Congress and ensured  his victory with the tacit support of local Congress leaders. Therefore, he was never a prize catch for the party. As for Mr Nanjundi, he has emerged as a leader of his community but has never been able convert his goodwill into votes in our favour. The Brahmin, Vishwakarma and Arya Vaishya communities vote  en masse  for the BJP, not Congress," the source explained.

Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru


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