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New loyalties: Congress members of the taluk panchayat and their supporters who joined the BJP in Chitradurga on Saturday.
New loyalties: Congress members of the taluk panchayat and their supporters who joined the BJP in Chitradurga on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

Chitradurga: Following the induction of former MLA G.H. Tippareddy into the BJP on Tuesday, 10 Chitradurga Taluk Panchayat members belonging to the Congress party, joined the party here on Saturday.

Of the total 27 taluk panchayat members, 11 were from the Congress, nine are from the Janata Dal (Secular), three are from the Janata Dal (United), one is from the BJP and three are independent candidates.

In the presence of the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L.K. Advani on Tuesday, a three-time MLA, Mr. Tippareddy and his elder brother G.H. Ashwathreddy joined the BJP, alleging that the Congress had sidelined them during nomination of candidates for the elections.

The Congress has given ticket to district Youth Congress president B. Tippeswamy, whose candidature was opposed by Mr. Tippareddy.

It is also learnt that some more party members will be joining the BJP on Sunday.

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