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Former Karnataka Deputy CM Eshwarappa: From Firebrand BJP Face to Rebel Leader, Now at a ‘Crossroads’

Bengaluru, April 12 (IANS) Senior BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa from Karnataka has decided to contest as an Independent candidate against his own party’s nominee in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Shivamogga constituency. Known for his role in strengthening the BJP in Karnataka, Eshwarappa’s move has surprised many.

The 76-year-old leader, a prominent face of OBCs and the Kuruba community, has announced his intention to file nomination on Friday, expressing confidence in winning the seat and dedicating his victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His decision to challenge the BJP candidate has raised eyebrows, as he previously sought a ticket for his son from another constituency.

Eshwarappa’s discontent stems from the party fielding former CM Basavaraj Bommai instead of his son for the Haveri LS seat. The situation worsened when he was denied a ticket for the Shivamogga Assembly seat following the deaths of Harsha and Santhosh Patil. Despite past setbacks, Eshwarappa was perceived as a loyal party member until his recent rebellion.

The strained relationship between Eshwarappa and former CM B.S. Yediyurappa is no secret, as the veteran leader now vows to challenge the Yediyurappa family’s dominance within the BJP. Eshwarappa’s determination to break free from what he perceives as Yediyurappa’s grip on the party indicates a significant shift in his political trajectory, with potential repercussions for his political career in the state.


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