Party yet to announce candidate for the Chitradurga constituency

The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to field the former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar’s brother Pradeep Shettar as its candidate for the byelection to the Legislative Council from the Dharwad Local Authorities constituency.

Mr. Pradeep Shettar is the general secretary of the party’s Hubli unit. Similarly, party worker Yashaswini Somashekhar has been chosen as the candidate from Mysore.

The candidate for the Chitradurga seat is yet to be announced. The byelections to the three Council seats will be held on August 22. The BJP held all the three seats that are going to the bypolls.

Meanwhile, three candidates from the BJP filed their nominations to the byelection to the Lok Sabha from the Bangalore Rural constituency (MLA M. Krishnappa and party workers Tulsi Muniraju and Nagaraj) while a senior party worker from Mandya, Doreswamy, filed nomination to the byelection from the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency on the last day of filing the papers on Saturday.

Still optimistic

When asked by presspersons that if fielding of candidates meant that the proposed alliance between the Janata Dal (S) and the BJP was off, BJP State unit president Pralhad Joshi hinted that the party was still optimistic by saying, “Still there is time (for withdrawal) and anything can happen in politics.”

When his attention was drawn to JD(S) national president H. D. Deve Gowda’s remarks that the party would not have any alliance for the byelections to the Lok Sabha seats, Mr. Joshi shot back, “JD(S) State unit president H.D. Kumaraswamy himself has made the suggestion to us regarding forging an alliance.”

However, BJP former national president M. Venkaiah Naidu made it clear that the party wanted the alliance to be a “formal” one by saying, “Whatever alliances we will have will not be underhand ones and you all will be intimated about such alliances.”

To a query on whether the BJP was considering forging an alliance with other parties in the State to strengthen its position before the Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Naidu said: “You will see several alignments and realignments before and after the Lok Sabha elections throughout the country, including Karnataka.”

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