The Karnataka State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president B S Yeddyurappa, has expressed confidence that party, which had given a ticket to a new face, Tejasvi Surya, for Bengaluru South, Lok Sabha seat for the April-18 Lok Sabha elections, will retain the BJP’s bastion.
Late union minister H N Ananthkumar had won the seat for a record six times consecutively in the past before he died due to cancer recently.
Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Yeddyurappa said: “There is no set back to the party for fielding a new-face in Tejaswi Surya, after denial of ticket to Tejasvini Ananthkumar, the widow of former Union minister Ananthkumar”.
Stating that the party’s rank and the file will rally behind Tejaswi, he said even Mrs. Ananth Kumar had endorsed the decision of party’s central leadership and assured to work for the success of the party candidate.
The Central BJP leaders have decided to allot the party ticket to a new face overlooking the state party leaders recommendation to field Tejasvini Ananthkumar from the segment.
Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and former minister Umesh Katti Mr. Yeddyurappa on Wednesday and appealed to give party ticket to his brother and former MP, Ramesh Katti to contest from Chikkodi Lok Sabha seat.
Mr. Ramesh, had won the Chikkodi seat in the 2009 elections, however, did not retain the seat in the 2014 elections losing narrowly to Prakash Hukkeri of Congress. Chikkodi will go for Lok Sabha poll in the second phase of elections in Karnataka on April 23.
Sitting BJP Lok Sabha member Karadi Sanganna also met state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa and appealed not to deny party ticket to seek re-election from Koppal Lok Sabha seat. He has already filed his nomination papers for the coming polls.