He is one of those MLAs facing serious charges

In a sudden twist, S.N. Krishnaiah Setty, former Minister and BJP MLA representing Malur Assembly Constituency in Kolar district, on Saturday announced that he will retire from politics. However, the two-time legislator’s move is being seen as a pressure tactic as his name did not figure in the first list of the BJP announced on Friday for the Assembly elections.

Mr. Setty was said to be upset over the party’s ambiguity over keeping out “tainted” MLAs from contesting. There was high drama as a visibly upset Mr. Setty announced that he would retire from politics. But after his supporters suggested that he should contest as an Independent if he does not get BJP ticket, he convened a meeting of his supporters on Monday to decide his next course of action.

Mr. Setty’s announcement on his imminent retirement to the electronic media triggered speculation that it was an exercise to build pressure on the party leadership to consider his candidature.

Interestingly, Mr. Setty announced his retirement plans soon after Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar indicated that the party leadership was seriously examining the implications of charges against MLAs before taking a call on whether to give them ticket.

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