BENGALURU: As news spread of BJP leader, N.R. Ramesh being denied a ticket from Chickpet, and his supporters closing all shops in N.R. Colony and Yediyur early Monday in a mark of protest, the deeply upset BJP leader N.R. Ramesh who resigned as party city spokesperson, alleged that the Chickpet ticket was offered to Mr Uday Garudachar and not him at the behest of Union minister Ananth Kumar.
“Mr Ananth Kumar does not wish to have genuine party workers like me in the BJP. He should not forget that it was from Chickpet that he got the majority of votes and won, " Mr Ramesh said and added that former DCM R Ashok had chosen to remain a mute spectator to the developments. He lamented that he had expected more from the party for which he worked day and night and exposed multi-crore scams involving Chief Minister Mr Siddaramaiah, Bengaluru Development Minister Mr K.J. George and other Congress bigwigs.
Mr Ramesh also said he had been advised not to take any hasty decision. “Karnataka BJP in-charge Muralidhar Rao, BJP election in-charge Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goel and BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa are planning to hold a meeting and I am confident I will get justice,” said Mr Ramesh.
Senior BJP leaders have reportedly offered him the ticket to contest from either Gandhinagar or Chamarajpet assembly constituency. However, he has not accepted their offer. Ramesh said that he has worked in Chickpet constituency for the last three years and creating goodwill in any other constituency with just a month left for the polls was not easy.
Party leaders are expected to take a decision on Tuesday....