Lakhan Jarkiholi blames secret meet between Congress, BJP leaders for BJP's loss in Belagavi MLC poll
"It is unfortunate that the leaders are now trying to hold Ramesh Jarkiholi responsible for the defeat of the BJP candidate,'' he reiterated
In Council polls, saffron party wins 11 seats, but falls short of majority; Congress gets 11, JDS 2, Independent 1
Karnataka MCL Elections: Shock for BJP as Congress pulls off victory, Lakhan comes second in Belagavi
This is a big setback for the BJP, as it lost the election despite having 13 of 18 MLAs, and 3 MPs in Belagavi district.
Party sources indicated that allowing Lakhan Jarkiholi, younger brother of Ramesh, to contest as an independent from the Belagavi dual-seat constituency too is part of a larger strategy.
Without saying it openly, Balachandra made his stand clear that his brother should get one of the preferential votes and not Hattiholi.
The Congress has named Channaraj Hattiholi, brother of Laxmi Hebbalkar, as its candidate while the BJP has fielded sitting MLC Mahantesh Kavatagimath.
A large number of the members of various local bodies also will join Lakhan’s procession which will commence at noon from the Sardar Grounds.
According to sources, the Jarkiholis decided to field Lakhan only after the BJP leadership indicated that it may field only one candidate and Lakhan may not get a chance.
Ever since the BJP leaders met him in Gokak, seeking his support, the brothers are said to be making all efforts to get the BJP to field him in the Council polls.