BJP core panel fails to finalise candidates for Council polls

BJP core panel fails to finalise candidates for Council polls

The State BJP core committee on Sunday failed to finalise the party’s candidates for the ensuing elections to the legislative council as the leaders were divided on the selection of nominees.

The core committee headed by state president B S Yeddyurapppa decided to field two candidates in the elections to the Council from the legislative assembly scheduled to be held on June 10. The party can ensure the victory of one candidate easily. But for the second candidate, it needs the support of either the JD(S) or smaller parties and independent MLAs. 

Union Ministers Ananth Kumar and D V Sadananda Gowda, leaders of the opposition in the Legislative Assembly and Council respectively Jagadish Shettar and K S Eshwarappa and former deputy chief minister R Asoka were prominent among those who attended the meeting.

Sources in the party said the committee discussed the possibility of fielding either D K Sadashiva, who is Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh leader, or former minister V Somanna as the first candidate. Names of former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu and sitting MLC Lehar Singh were discussed as the possible second candidate. Singh is a nominated MLC and his term will end this month-end.

However, the leaders were divided on the choice for the first candidate. Yeddyurappa was not in favour of Somanna as the first candidate. Somanna has strained his relationship with Yeddyurappa of late. But, Ananth Kumar, Shettar and Ashoka batted in his favour. Though the name of another leader Subba Narasimha had been making the rounds as the likely first candidate, his name did not come up for discussion, the sources added.

The leaders supporting Somanna later held a separate meeting and unanimously decided to back him and Katta as the first and second candidates respectively. They also decided to convey their stand to Yeddyurappa.The sources said the core committee is likely to meet again in the coming days and finalise the candidates.For the Rajya Sabha elections, the committee decided to go by the candidates proposed by the national leadership. Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka, is likely to be the party's candidate.

 

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