BJP party workers here have been left wondering what is wrong with the party’s ticket distribution process in Bidar.
Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, who won the Assembly election on a KJP ticket but recently joined the BJP along with B.S. Yeddyurappa, wanted a ticket for his second son Suryakanth Nagamarapalli. However, party leaders want Mr. Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli to fight the elections.
One of the reasons behind this is that the BJP is facing a leader of the stature of N. Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister and sitting MP, in Bidar, who is known to execute unique election strategies. The BJP needs a seasoned politician to take on Mr. Singh. Mr. Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli has been elected five times to the State Assembly and is a member of the State Cabinet twice. In comparison, Mr. Suryakanth Nagamarapalli is seen by party workers as inexperienced.
Mr. Suryakanth Nagamarapalli was accused of shooting a person in a pub in Bangalore in 2006. A case was registered at the Cubbon Park police station.
Mr. Suryakanth Nagamarapalli, however, claimed he had fired shots in the air to save a woman from being molested. His involvement in the case caused him to lose favour with RSS leaders.
They began backing Bhagwant Khuba, a young Lingayat leader and mechanical engineer from Aurad. His name was suggested in the list forwarded by the State core committee to the BJP central leadership initially.
Mr. Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli however, was adamant that he would not contest. He told The Hindu he would definitely win if he contested. “However, then I will have to give up the Assembly membership. It will be difficult for the BJP to retain the seat as the ruling Congress will use all its resources against us. I want my son to contest for Parliament,” he said.
Some BJP members oppose such plans of dynastic politics. “Does the district BJP not exist outside the Nagamarapalli family? Does the term Lingayat leader apply to the MLA and his sons only? Why can’t the party nominate an ordinary party worker?” one of the aspirants for the party ticket said.