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Poor Response, Anger Of BJP Workers Force Amit Shah To Skip Varuna Rally

Shah’s roadshow at Hadinaru village was cancelled at the last minute by the local BJP unit fearing protests.

Mysuru: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, who was campaigning in Mysuru on Saturday in the poll-bound Karnataka, decided to play safe by giving the Varuna assembly constituency a miss to avoid any untoward incident by some disgruntled party workers. Some BJP youth wing workers had planned to protest as the Party had denied ticket to B S Yeddyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra from Varuna constituency.

Shah’s roadshow at Hadinaru village was cancelled at the last minute by the local BJP unit fearing protests and he went straight to Periyapatna. He was there to garner support for his Party’s candidate Thotadappa Basavaraju. But, he had to abruptly end his campaign due to poor response from people.

According to The New Indian Express, the BJP has already been facing embarrassment after Partymen attacked the BJP office in Varuna, launched a NOTA campaign against the Party and had made threat calls to party candidate Thotadappa Basavaraju. The BJP, then, made Vijayendra the general secretary of the Party’s State Yuva Morcha and asked him to campaign for the Party in Mysuru and Chamarajnagar.

The local Party leaders, anticipating disruptive activities, had decided to cancel Shah’s public meeting in Hadinaru, a Veerashaiva-dominated village, and also roadshows in Varuna villages.

The Party then shifted the campaign and roadshow to T Narsipur town as it falls both under Varuna and T Narsipur constituencies. BJP candidates, Basavaraju and Shankar, were present at the rally.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamaiah’s son Dr Yathindra is contesting from Varuna and the Party workers feel there couldn’t have been a better candidate than Vijayendra against Yathindra.

Explaining the Party’s decision to deny Vijayendra ticket, BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao on Friday had said that with the BJP opposing dynastic politics, giving a ticket to State unit chief B S Yeddyurappa’s son to contest the Assembly polls would have “robbed” the Party of its ammunition in fighting against it.

“…it is not that we have not given ticket to anybody (father, son), but giving it to one of the senior leaders and his son or daughter is different, and giving ticket to Yeddyurappa (son) is different,” PTI quoted Rao as saying.

What happened after Vijayendra was denied a BJP ticket?

Vijayendra campaigned in Varuna for a few weeks hoping that the BJP will field him against Siddaramaiah’s son. However, as the BJP released the third list of candidates, his dream of contesting the elections came crashing down, angry supporters flung chairs and furniture to protest the BJP leadership’s decision. To control the situation, the Party made him the general secretary of BJP Yuva Morcha.

BJP’s stance against dynasty a white lie.

1) The eldest brother of tainted mining baron G Janardhan Reddy, Karunakar Reddy is contesting on a BJP ticket from Harapanahalli and his second brother Somashekar Reddy is the saffron party’s candidate in Ballari.

2)  Arun Somanna, son of former minister V Somanna is contesting on a BJP ticket from Arsikere in Hassan.

3) Gopal Karjol, son of BJP leader Govind Karjol have been fielded from Nagthan reserved constituency in Belagavi.

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