BJP chants unity mantra in Dharward - The New Indian Express

BJP chants unity mantra in Dharward

Published: 02nd December 2012 09:06 AM

Last Updated: 02nd December 2012 09:06 AM

The BJP leaders of Dharwad, which is the home district of Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar are on a mission to keep their leaders and party workers together.

This decision was taken after some BJP leaders openly identified themselves with former with former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa who resigned from primary membership of the BJP on Friday. Sources told Express that the BJP sees no threat in Dharwad district but it is likely to face an uphill task in Gadag and Haveri district.

To keep the BJP workers and leaders in a flock, the party leaders in Dharwad have initiated a discussion of party office-bearers, councillors of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation and Zilla Panchayats. Kundagol MLA S I Chikkangoudar has already identified himself with the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).  However, Dharwad rural MLA Seema Masuti is a close follower of Shettar and may not join the KJP.

Hubli-Dharwad West MLA Chandrakanth Bellad, from the Yeddyurappa camp, is unlikely to contest the next elections.  He is planning to handover the baton to his son Arvind Bellad, an industrialist. MLA of Hubli-Dharwad East Veerabhadrappa Halaharavi is also a follower of Shettar and may not join the KJP.

Navalgund MLA Shankarpatil Munenkoppa is also Shettar’s supporter and may not take the risk of joining KJP, sources said.

Hubli-Dharwad central Assembly constituency is represented by Shettar on whom the party is banking to ensure victory of the BJP in district. Former minister Jabbar Khan Honnalli who joined KJP recently is seeking the ticket to contest from Hubli-Dharwad west constituency .

New Faces

In Gadag, the BJP has to look out for new candidates as three out of the total four legislators have already decided to join the KJP. But MLA and Women and Child Welfare Minister Kalakappa Bandi has decided to remain with the BJP.

MLA C C Patil who was asked to resign as minister following porngate scandal, Gadag MLA Srishailappa Bidarur and Shirahatti MLA Ramanna Lamani will contest on  KJP tickets, sources said.

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