Karnataka BJP strongman BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday suggested the possibility of a bigger role in the party for his son and state vice-president BY Vijayendra, a day after he refused to contest the MLC election.
The party’s central leadership, which ignored the state unit’s recommendation to field Vijayendra for the biennial election for the seven seats of the Karnataka assembly council on June 3, announced the names of four candidates on Tuesday, hours before the nomination deadline.
It is being seen in some political circles that the move is a setback for former Chief Minister Yeddyurappa. “Vijayendra does not need to make any special sense of refusing a procedure ticket. Of course, I am confident that Vijayendra will have a big chance in the future. The party will never forsake those who are capable and loyal, ”Yeddyurappa said on Wednesday. .
Speaking to reporters here, he said the aim of bringing the party back to power in Karnataka in the 2023 Assembly elections is to begin all efforts ‘in this regard’. I am confident that the BJP, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the next election, will have a clear majority and come back to power.
Asked whether BJP national secretary general BLL Santosh had accepted the ticket of Yeddyurappa’s Beat No One, Vijayendra said, “They have nothing to do with it. The media, and it makes no sense. He added that Vijayendra may have different opportunities and he is now the vice president of the state.
“They can be given a big opportunity, which has been left to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president JP Nadda. Asked whether Vijayendra would be given a ticket in the next assembly elections, Yeddyurappa said, “Why is the debate now, when the time comes.”
The candidates announced by the BJP central leadership are: former deputy chief minister and party vice-president Lakshmana Sawadi, party state secretaries Hemalatha Nayak and S Keshavaprasad and SC Morcha president Chalavadi Narayanaswamy. The state BJP Core Committee had earlier recommended Vijayendra’s name to the central leadership as one of the potential candidates. Opposing the party’s candidacy, Vijayendra filed an appeal yesterday saying that power and position in politics is not the ultimate goal.
He appealed to his supporters and well-wishers to abide by the party’s decision, following the decision, appealing to social media and elsewhere not to make unnecessary comments, which would not only hurt the party’s prestige but also hurt feelings. Yeddyurappa and themselves.
According to party sources, the leadership has decided not to give Vijayendra a ticket as he wants to field him as a candidate in the 2023 assembly elections and is likely to give him a greater role in the party – the general secretary of the state – elections, as a consolation measure. Earlier there were reports that Vijayendra may contest the 2023 Assembly elections from one of the old Mysore (South Karnataka) regions where the party is considered weak.
He had recently said he would be interested in working in the area if the party decides. It is reported that Yeddyurappa has demanded that his son be made a MLC and later become a minister in Basavaraj Bommai Cabinet. There were such demands from his supporters after Yeddyurappa stepped down as chief minister in July last year.
It is said that if Yeddyurappa is the present MLA of Shikaripur and his eldest son BY Raghavendra is the Shivamogga MP, before the 2023 Assembly elections, the central leadership has decided against the nomination of Vijayendra as it will weaken the BJP’s stance against dynasty. Vijayendra was appointed the party’s vice president in July 2020.
Prior to that, he was appointed general secretary of the BJP’s youth unit, after the party’s ticket was refused to contest from the Varuna constituency in Mysore before the May 2018 assembly elections. His share of the party increased as many contributed to the BJP’s first victory in the KR Pate and Sira assembly seats respectively in the by-election in 2019 and 2020.