KJP to field candidate against Yeddyurappa

The KJP will field a candidate against former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa in Shimoga constituency, in the forthcoming Parliament election, said KJP Founder Padmanabh Prasanna Kumar.

Without revealing the name of the probable KJP candidate to contest from Shimoga to reporters, Padmanabh hinted that the KJP candidate hails from Shikaripur and was with the Congress in the past. “I will meet him on Monday and hold discussions,” he told reporters here on Saturday.

On other candidates to contest from the party in other constituencies, he said a  candidate will be fielded from Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency to give a fight to former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, while V Dhananjaya Kumar will contest from Dakshina Kannada.

“A list of probable candidates to be fielded in 14 constituencies has been prepared. We have requested the Election Commission of India to allot us with a party symbol among one of the three symbols - marigold flower or ploughing the field or rising sun,” the KJP founder said.

Answering a query on the confusion over merging of the KJP with the BJP, he said he has informed the Assembly Speaker that the KJP has not been merged with the BJP. MLAs like Guru Patil and B R Patil still identify themselves with the KJP. A team of 129 members have convened a meeting recently and the existence of the party has been brought to the notice of the Central and State Election Commission.

“The preparation for the polls has already begun and the party workers are ready to strive for the party’s success. State-wide tour will begin after March 16,” he said.

Predicting the failure of BSY in the Parliament elections, he said Sangh Parivar and the BJP leaders are making BSY a scape goat. He challenged of offering his hair and perform Padayatre to Dharmasthala if Yeddyurappa wins the Parliament election.

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