Yeddyurappa relents after Javdekar's intervention, son not to contest from Varuna seat

BJP Karnataka president BS Yeddyurappa’s son was widely expected to contest against chief minister Siddaramaiah’s son from Varuna assembly seat

Yeddyurappa says son won't contest from Varuna, BJP workers protest

Soon afterwards, Yeddyurappa is reported to have received a call from BJP general secretary Ram Lal, who conveyed the high command's "extreme displeasure" to him.

Congress leader Veerappa Moily said that the decision showed BJP's lack of preparedness.

For weeks, BY Vijayendra had camped in Varuna and even started campaigning, expecting to be pitted against Siddaramaiah's son Yathindra Siddaramaiah.

BJP's B Sriramulu files his nomination as its candidate against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the Badami assembly constituency in North Karnataka.

Vijayendra had been campaigning in Varuna since the election dates were announced, which spurred the belief, in the party and among constituents, that he would be the BJP candidate.

Differences came to the fore and party cadres are divided over the national leadership denying ticket to BY Vijayendra from Varuna constituency.

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The contest at Varuna, now held by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, was expected to be a face-off between his son Dr Yatheendra Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa junior.

As per other opinion poll suggested that Congress party can emerge as the single-largest party while the BJP also can win between 78 and 86 seats in Karnataka.

Many of his demands and actions were said to be unreasonable and not in the best interest of the party but the former chief minister has made all efforts to prevail over his rivals in the BJP. "If the party workers are upset by this, I apologise", said B Y Vijayendra at a press meet held at a private hotel in the city on Tuesday. Both the national BJP leaders had to rush to Mysuru after violent protests were witnessed in Nanjangud town and in Mysuru yesterday following Yeddyurappa announcing that his son Vijayendra will not contest the election from Varuna.

Police had a tough time evacuating Yeddyurappa, Vijayendra and party leader B. Sriramulu as the angry workers tried to seek an explanation on the sudden change. "Now, with the uncertainty in BJP over the candidate, it has made the battle easy for his party".

Police resorted to mild lathi charge (see pic below) and took a few persons into custody to bring the situation under control. There is talk in the anti-Yeddyurappa camp that the party is trying to curtail Yeddyurappa's power in the state unit. Currently, the state is ruled by Siddaramaiah-led Congress. Karnataka will go to polls on May 12. The candidate for Badami, from where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will contest for the Congress, is yet to be announced.

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