Special Correspondent

CHICKABALLAPUR: Following the political retirement announced by R.L. Jalappa, four-time Member of Parliament from Chickaballapur, many of his supporters from the district are all set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Karnataka Milk Federation director S. Ramesh and Kolar District Central Cooperative Bank vice-president K.V. Hanume Gowda, both from Gauribidanur taluk, would join the BJP in a day or two, sources said. A meeting of Mr. Jalappa’s supporters from the Chickaballapur Assembly segment held here on Monday did not come to a decision.

A majority of the leaders favoured joining the BJP, the sources said.