It was touted as the battle of the first sons. The son of BJP state chief Yeddyurappa – was denied a party ticket at the eleventh hour. Instead, the BJP chose to field a leader from T Narasipura Basavaraju to take on Yathindra – the son of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Varuna constituency.
Miffed with the BJP high command, loyalists of Yeddyurappa and Vijayendra are now allegedly asking BJP supporters to vote NOTA instead of the lotus in Varuna. By this they feel they can “teach the central leadership a lesson”.
Posters urging BJP supporters to vote NOTA have been circulated on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms which reads, “When loyal workers do not have the way to put candidates of their choice, then they have no other choice than to vote for NOTA.
With an inverted lotus symbol as its watermark, the poster also states, “We will defend our right to vote for the candidate we want.”
To contain the damage, BJP’s chief ministerial face BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday asked party members to keep aside differences and work for the party’s victory in the May 12 polls.
Yeddyurappa also urged BJP members to not endorse NOTA and instead to ensure that the party candidate emerges victorious in Varuna, while addressing party members in Shivamogga.
Later in the day, he held a meeting asking party leaders to stand united with regards to this development.
It was speculated, that the central leadership had denied Vijayendra a ticket to clip Yeddyurappa’s growing influence within the party in Karnataka. On the face, Vijayendra was made the party’s Yuva morcha general Secretary and also keeping away the “dynastic party” tag.
Looking at all these, CM Siddaramaiah had attacked BS Yeddyurappa over the limited control he has over the party’s ticket distribution.
Source: The News Minute