Siddaramaiah dares BSY to contest from Varuna

Asks what is BJP leader's contribution to constituency

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday challenged BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa to contest from Varuna Assembly constituency, if the latter is so sure of a BJP victory.

Siddaramaiah's son Dr Yathindra is likely to be the Congress candidate from Varuna, presenetly reprseented by the chief minister. Speaking to reporters about the speculation that the BJP is planning to field Yeddyurappa's son B Y Vijayendra from Varuna, the Siddaramaiah said the people would vote for only those who have worked for the development of the constituency.

"What is the contribution of Yeddyurappa to Varuna? It is me who has worked for the people of the region. What is Yeddyurappa's 'connection' with Varuna constituency. People will think before they vote," he said. "If my son contests from Varuna, voters will not support Dr Yathindra just because he is my son. They will consider his and my work for the development of the constituency, Siddaramaiah stated.

The tactics of the BJP and the JD(S) will not work this time. The strategies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will not work here, the chief minister said.

Siddaramaiah, who completed his first round of a five-day campaign in Chamundeshwari Assembly segment on Monday evening, said that he will tour the state along with All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi. Programmes have been organised at Davanagere and other districts.

A massive conference is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on April 8. "I will campaign in Varuna Assembly segment too," Siddaramaiah said

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