Protests over BSY move to not field Vijayendra from Varuna

BJP workers ransack the dais as a mark of protest in Nanjangud, Mysuru, district, on Monday.

Violent protests were witnessed in Nanjangud town and in Mysuru city on Monday, after the BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa announced that his son B Y Vijayendra will not contest the election from Varuna Assembly constituency.

The trouble started at a meeting that was convened in Nanjangud town ahead of a procession to be taken out for Vijayendra to file his nomination papers for Varuna seat on Monday afternoon.

At the meeting, Yeddyurappa announced that Vijayendra will not be the party’s candidate from Varuna. “ZP member Sadananda, who has worked from the grassroots level to strengthen the party would be fielded from Varuna. Vijayendra will stay in Mysuru and campaign for BJP candidates in Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts,” he said.

Vijayendra was projected as a BJP candidate from Varuna, represented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Now, Siddaramaiah’s son Dr Yathindra is the Congress candidate from there. As soon as Yeddyurappa made the announcement, commotion prevailed at the venue of the meeting. Party workers shouted slogans, stormed the dais and ransacked it and threw the furniture.

The protesters vent their ire by defacing posters of BJP leaders B L Santhosh, Ananth Kumar, Anantkumar Hegde, Prathap Simha and R Ashoka. They suspected that the BJP leaders have conspired against the family of Yeddyurappa.

While Yeddyurappa and Vijayendra were leaving the venue, the party workers intercepted their cars and shouted slogans. Police resorted to mild lathi charge and took a few persons into custody to bring the situation under control. Vijayendra had to be escorted in a police vehicle to prevent his supporters from mobbing him.

While some BJP supporters threatened to commit suicide, a few others warned of tendering resignation to their posts in local bodies.

 As Yeddyurappa and other leaders reached Mysuru, the protests shifted to the city. The party workers thronged a hotel on Ooty Road in Mysuru, where the leaders were put up. The police dispersed the crowd using force. Later, all access roads to the hotel were blocked for the public. The leaders, including Yeddyurappa’s sons Vijayendra and Raghavendra, S A Ramdas and Prathap Simha held several rounds of meetings to handle the situation.

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