Karnataka BJP leaders hurt over Tejasvi Surya’s candidacy?

Tejaswini Ananth Kumar and Tejasvi Surya (Image credit: The Hindu and NDTV)

There seems to be no let up in rumblings against BJP’s central leadership’s decision to pick Tejasvi Surya over Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, as the party candidate to fight the Bangalore South parliamentary seat. A few senior BJP leaders on Wednesday came out in the open to criticise the decision and demanded explanation from the top leadership.

Take a closer look at who are these rebel voices and what are they saying to understand why are they advocating so much in favour of Tejaswini Ananth Kumar.

According to New Indian Express, eight-time MLA from Hukkeri Umesh Katti has said that “it is unfair of the party to have denied Tejaswini the ticket”. His brother and former MP Ramesh Katti has questioned as to how the party could ignore her, who would be a fit candidate to represent South Banglore. Thanks to her late husband Ananth Kumar’s contribution to the constituency, she “would have easily romped home,” he argued.

Another senior leader and MLA V Somanna has expressed his anger against dropping Tejaswini Ananth Kumar “unceremoniously”. “Tejasvi’s uncle Ravi Subramanya is Basavanagudi MLA. The party bosses said they will not encourage family politics. How could they give him ticket?” was his question.

“She had opened a party office and started campaigning. At least respect the legacy of former minister Ananth Kumar,” Somanna is reported as saying.  “How do we know this will not happen to others. Is there any accountability?”

Incidentally, these two leaders have personal reasons to be angry against BJP top brass. The party is reluctant to name Ramesh Katti as candidate for Chikkodi Lok Sabah seat. And Somanna’s son Arun Somanna was denied ticket from Arsikere assembly constituency last year.

It appears there is an ideological clash between BJP’s Karnataka state leadership and the central leadership over the politics of dynasty. Otherwise, the state leadership wouldn’t have encouraged Tejaswini Ananth Kuamr to set up a party office and begin campaigning much before the announcement of candidates’ lists.


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