Is Vijayshankar returning to BJP?

A former MP, he had joined the Congress in 2017

Rumours are rife that C.H. Vijayshankar, former MP who quit the BJP in October 2017 to join the Congress, is all set to return to the saffron party soon.

Though Mr. Vijayshankar was not fielded by the Congress in the 2018 Assembly elections, he was the party’s candidate from Mysuru in the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year, and he lost to Pratap Simha of the BJP. Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had backed his candidature.

Days after he was conspicuous by his absence at the grand reception hosted by the Congress in Mysuru in honour of Mr. Siddaramaiah’s appointment as Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, there was speculation that Mr. Vijayshankar, who belongs to the Kuruba community, was knocking on BJP’s doors.

According to sources, Mr. Vijayshankar was planning to meet BJP State president Nalin Kumar Kateel, who was incidentally in Mysuru on Thursday. Mr Vijayshankar is believed to enjoy a good rapport with Mr. Kateel.

Though Mr. Vijayshankar was not available for comment, Minister for Housing V. Somanna, who is also the Minister in charge of Mysuru district, said the BJP State leadership would be looking into the situation. Mr. Somanna, who claimed that he had advised Mr. Vijayshankar against quitting the party earlier, said he was not aware about his plans to come back.

Mr. Vijayshankar, a former Hunsur MLA, had also been elected to the Lok Sabha from the BJP twice. He was also a member of the Legislative Council and served as Minister for Forests in the previous BJP government.

Mr. Vijayshankar fell out with the BJP after he was denied ticket to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mysuru and instead fielded from Hassan, where he lost to former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.

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