Nation Politics 22 Nov 2019 BJP removes JC Madhu ...

BJP removes JC Madhuswamy as in-charge of KR Pet bypoll

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHYAM SUNDAR VATTAM
Published Nov 22, 2019, 2:08 am IST
Updated Nov 22, 2019, 2:08 am IST
Dr Ashwathnarayana, who is expected to draw the Vokkaliga votes for the party, has already proved his mettle.
Dy CM  C. Ashwathnarayana campaigns for BJP candidate in KR Pete constituency in Mandya district on Thursday
 Dy CM C. Ashwathnarayana campaigns for BJP candidate in KR Pete constituency in Mandya district on Thursday

Bengaluru: Law and parliamentary affairs minister J.C. Madhuswamy, who has angered the Kuruba community over the naming of a circle after 16th century  poet  Kanakadasa in Huliyar, Tumakuru, has been replaced by Dy CM C.N. Ashwathnarayana as  in- charge of K R Pete assembly constituency by the ruling BJP, which is unwilling to take any chances these bypolls.

The minister had accompanied disqualified MLA, Narayana Gowda, when he went to file his nomination papers from K R Pete on Monday.  But  soon afterwards became embroiled in a controversy, with the Kurubas accusing him of insulting their seer over the issue of naming the Huliyar circle after saint/poet, Kanakadasa. As the row threatened to escalate with Kuruba leaders calling for a bandh to demand his resignation, Chief Minister B S Yediyurapppa hurriedly apologised to the seer on behalf of the minister and replaced him with Dr Ashwathnarayana as in- charge of K R Pete constituency. The move is clearly intended to pacify the Kurubas, whose votes are vital for the victory of the BJP in the constituency, say observers.

 

Dr Ashwathnarayana, who is expected to draw the Vokkaliga votes for the party, has already proved his mettle during the BJP's latest Operation Lotus that saw it poach 17  Congress and JD(S) legislators and install  its own government in the state in July with their help.

Losing no time, the DyCM  began campaigning in the constituency on Thursday, holding rallies in a number of villages, accompanied by the CM's son and Shivamogga MP, B Y  Vijayendra. The duo are reportedly hoping to persuade both the Vokkaligas and Lingayats of the constituency to back the saffron party in the bypoll.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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