Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president B.S. Yeddyurappa on Monday said he would welcome it if Chief Minister Siddaramaiah decides to contest from north Karnataka in the upcoming Assembly elections.
Speaking to the media, Yeddyurappa said he was shifting from his home constituency of Shikaripura on the advice of the BJP’s Central leadership. He, however, did not reveal which constituency he would contest from.
“There is pressure on me to contest from Jewargi constituency in Kalaburagi district as well as from Bagalkot and Vijayapura districts. The final decision has not been taken yet. But it is certain that I will be contesting from north Karnataka. If Siddaramaiah also wants to contest from [there], we welcome it,” he said.
Yeddyurappa’s decision is seen as an attempt to counter the Congress strategy to woo Lingayats by raising the issue of a separate religion tag to them.
Criticising Siddaramaiah and his Cabinet colleagues, Yeddyurappa said his party would expose corruption within a week. He demanded the resignation of Minister K.J. George over the controversy surrounding Deputy Superintendent of Police M.K. Ganapathy’s death.
He accused Siddaramaiah for trying to divide the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community for electoral benefit. “But he will not succeed in his attempt. It is certain that the BJP will come back to power in the next elections,” he said.