Karnataka: Will contest assembly polls only if BJP brass OKs it, says BS Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra | Bengaluru News – Times of India


KOPPAL/SHIVAMOGGA: After former CM BS Yediyurappa, his son and state BJP vice-president BY Vijayendra on Monday clarified he would contest the 2023 state assembly polls only after getting the party central leadership’s nod.
He added that Yediyurappa announcing him as successor from Shikaripura was under pressure from the people. “The party leadership will take a final decision at an appropriate time regarding my candidacy, and I’ll contest only if it approves,” he said. “My father has a strong relationship with the people of Shikaripura and he was under pressure from them,” he said.
Vijayendra said: “My father was also under pressure from local party leaders and workers to announce my candidature.”
On why the party is not giving the veteran the freedom to choose his successor, Vijayendra said, “Ours is a national party and there is no question of a successor. Yediyurappa worked for 30-40 years to build the party, organisation and workers, and the BJP has given him position and respect. The party will utilise his services to strengthen itself and come to power with a majority,” he added.
Yediyurappa announcing his son as a candidate from Shikaripura is seen as an attempt to secure Vijayendra’s political future, as he fears the party’s stand against dynastic politics as his elder son BY Raghavendra is already MP from Shivamogga.
The former chief minister also tried to make Vijayendra a member of the legislative council as he reportedly planned to get him inducted into the Basavaraj Bommai cabinet.
In Shivamogga, former minister KS Eshwarappa said Yediyurappa announced Vijayendra’s candidature hoping it would be approved by the high command. On his retirement from electoral politics, Eshwarappa said Yediyurappa has always taken mature decisions and they have helped him and the party grow.





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