KS Eshwarappa expelled from BJP for 6 years

The party in a statement said that KS Eshwarappa has “embarrassed” the party by going to the polls as an independent candidate…reports Asian Lite News

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expelled KS Eshwarappa from the party after the leader decided to contest Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate from Karnataka’s Shivamogga.

The party in a statement said that KS Eshwarappa has “embarrassed” the party by going to the polls as an independent candidate.

Shivamogga will go to the polls on May 7 in phase 3.

“BJP expelled KS Eshwarappa from the party for 6 years for embarrassing the party by contesting as an Independent from Shivamogga constituency,” the Karnataka BJP said.

Former deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa submitted his nomination papers as an independent candidate from Shivamogga on April 12.

Three Independent candidates, who had filed nomination papers for the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat, withdrew their papers on Monday. With that, 23 people including former BJP Minister K.S. Eshwarappa have remained in the fray.

Monday was the last day to withdraw the papers.

The candidates who are in the fray are B.Y. Raghavendra of BJP, Geetha Shivarajkumar of Congress, S.K. Prabhu of Karnataka Rashtra Samiti, Aruna Kanahalli of Uttama Prajakeeya Party, Mohammed Yusuf Khan of Young Star Empowerment Party, A.D. Shivappa of Bahujan Samaj Party.

Independent candidates are KS Eshwarappa, G Jayadeva, EH Nayak, Chandrashekhar HC, Bandi, Sandesh Shetty A, DS Eshwarappa, P Sripathi Bhat, Imtiyaz Attar, Ravi Kumar N, Pooja N Annaiah, Suresh Poojari, Shivarudraiah Swamy, John Benny, Ganesh B., Kunaje Manjunatha Gowda and NV Naveen Kumar.

‘Karnataka is like ATM for Congress’

Bharatiya Janata Party Tamil Nadu chief K Annamalai held a roadshow along with the party’s candidate from Bengaluru South seat, Tejashvi Surya here on Monday.

Stating that in the past 10 years, not only the Modi government has implemented very good schemes for Bengaluru, but Surya has also worked extensively for the constituency, Annamalai urged people to vote for him.

“Before, only 14 central medical shops were present in this constituency but now 138 central medical shops have come; it’s because of Tejasvi Surya,” he stressed.

“Congress has become desperate because Karnataka is like an ATM for them. Even during the Assembly elections, we warned how Congress would use the state like an ATM. We are seeing it now; they are bleeding the state dry. A state that was a revenue surplus before Bommai Ji left office has become a revenue deficit now. So, people are very clear that they will not repeat the same mistake (of choosing Congress). For Lok Sabha, people will be with Modi ji and on June 4, the BJP-led NDA will sweep all 28 seats in Karnataka,” he said.

Notably, the Congress won the state assembly polls last year by defeating the Basavaraj Bommai-led BJP government.

Annamalai also told ANI that the people of the state are with Modi Ji and on June 4, the BJP-led NDA will sweep all 28 seats in Karnataka.

“Law and order have always been in bad condition during Congress because they do appeasement politics. What happened in Hubli is not only distressing but extremely worrying. This is a shameless attitude. He is a congress corporator,” Annamalai added.

Recently, Neha Hiremath, daughter of Congress Corporator Niranjan Hiremath, was stabbed to death by her former friend Fayaz on the college campus in Hubli. The accused has been arrested. (ANI)

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