Miffed with high command over Varuna debacle, Yeddyurappa loyalists campaign for NOTA

Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa

In the wake of the BJP's fourth list of candidates for the Karnataka assembly elections, party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa announced that his son Vijayendra won't contest against Congress Chief Minister Siddarmaiah's son Yatheendra from Varuna constituency.

The protesting workers gave the party a "deadline" of this morning, threatening mass resignation if the BJP did not name Mr Vijayendra for Varuna. "It was my decision", Yeddyurappa said without explaining what had prompted it.

For the past one month, Vijayendra was working at the grassroot level in Varuna ever since Siddaramaiah chose to field his son in the constituency he had been winning. "It turned out that he had not received a nod from leaders who matter". "Though there were other senior aspirants from the same seat, it had been a given that Vijayendra would contest [the] elections", the official said, according to The News Minute.

The BJP national leadership's decision against letting Vijayendra contest from Varuna resulted in protests by his supporters in Mysuru area on Monday, a day before the last date for filing nominations.

"But the party chose to field Basavaraju who is a party worker from the constituency".

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Vijayendra tweeted saying he wholeheartedly stood by and supported the party's decision "in all circumstances". The party has also not announced its candidate for Badami, one of the two constituencies the CM will contest from. Karnataka will go to polls on May 12. "I asked him to campaign for other BJP candidates".

Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa falls out with his party bosses after his imprisonment over corruption charges and quits the BJP to form the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP). Though there is no provision for re-election in such a case, the hurt supporters say they want to send a message to the Central leadership for ignoring the "majority opinion" on candidate. Karunakar Reddy was the state's Revenue Minister in the first BJP government in the southern state from 2008-2013.

The BJP came to power and Yeddyurappa, who became the chief minister, inducted her as the minister for panchayat raj and rural development, an important portfolio. Why there is not IT raid on Jagadish Shettar's house.

While Yeddyurappa has been acquitted on technical grounds, the CBI is yet to file appeals in his case. The wheels of fortune would soon turn with the Reddy brothers being investigated for illegal iron ore mining.

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