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Amit Shah flexes muscles, quells BJP unrest

Published Apr 25, 2018, 6:44 am IST
Updated Apr 25, 2018, 6:44 am IST
Police cane BJP workers protesting in Mysuru on Tuesday against denial of ticket to B.Y. Vijayendra  for the Varuna constituency. (Photo: KPN)
 Police cane BJP workers protesting in Mysuru on Tuesday against denial of ticket to B.Y. Vijayendra for the Varuna constituency. (Photo: KPN)

Bengaluru: The agitation in the BJP over the party’s decision against fielding  state BJP chief, B S Yeddyurappa’s son, B Y Vijayendra from Varuna constituency, died down after national BJP chief , Amit Shah reportedly put his foot down and made it clear that it had made no commitment to making its Chief Ministerial candidate’s son an MLA.

As Mr Shah refused to bend under pressure ,  BJP candidates of 11 other assembly constituencies in Mysuru , who had threatened to withdraw  in support of Mr Vijayendra, did a U-turn and backed the party decision.  Mysuru-Kodagu MP, Pratap Simha and former Minister, S A Ramadasa who initially threw their weight behind Mr Vijayendra, also retreated in silence after Mr Shah asked them “not to poke their nose” in the affair.

Although most had expected Mr  Shah to succumb to pressure and clear Mr Vijayendra's name for Varuna, his candidature was turned down  after he held talks with Union Minister, Prakash Jawedkar and BJP national secretary  in- charge of Karnataka affairs, Muralidhar Rao .  Mr Shah was reportedly angry over the big drama created over the Varuna ticket and wanted to know who was behind it. Going by sources close to Mr Yeddyurappa, he asked  if there was any precedent of giving a ticket to the son or daughter of a Chief ministerial candidate in any state and is said to have pointed out that the party high command had taken the responsibility of making Mr Yeddyurappa the Chief Minister but not of making Mr Vijayendra an MLA from Varuna constituency.  Besides, he wanted to know who  had asked Mr Vijayendra to start a  campaign without his name being cleared by the party high command. 

But Mr Shah reportedly assured that the Central leadership would  make use of Mr Vijayendra's services at the right time. His stand is said to have come as a surprise to Mr Yeddyurappa, who had expected  his son's name to  be cleared with ease by the party high command. 

On Tuesday morning, the party decided to field Mr Thotadappa Basavaraj in place of Mr Vijayendra in Varuna and  Mr Yeddyurappa told reporters that his son would actively campaign for the  BJP in Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts. 

Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru


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