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Former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, denied election ticket, announces resignation from BJP, assembly

HUBBALLI: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has announced his resignation from the BJP after he was denied a ticket for the May 10 state assembly election. The 67-year-old leader said late on Saturday here that he would also resign from the state assembly. However, Shettar, who was the leader of the opposition when the Congress was in power in the state, said he would contest the poll for sure.

”I have decided to resign from the legislative assembly,” a visibly upset Shettar told reporters. He added that he has sought an appointment with Speaker Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri, who is at Sirsi, and tender his resignation.

”With a heavy heart I will resign from the party. I am the one who has built and raised this party. They (some party leaders) created a situation for me to resign from the party,” Shettar said.

Recalling his contribution to the BJP and the key posts, including that of assembly Speaker he held in the state, Shettar said, ”They (party leaders) have not understood Jagadish Shettar yet, for the way they humiliated me.”

”I am upset over the way they ignored me, which made me think I should not sit quiet and I must challenge them. In view of that I had been saying that I will contest in this election,” he said.

The Lingayat leader also alleged there was a systematic conspiracy against him and added that he was never an indurate person but the party forced him to become one. The six-time MLA made the announcement soon after his meeting with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, and Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi and Dharmendra Pradhan to break the deadlock failed.

The trio reached his house on Saturday night after he rebelled against the BJP’s decision of not fielding him from the Hubli-Dharwad central constituency. According to Shettar, the party high command had asked him not to contest the assembly election to make way for young people.

However, he said he will contest the election come what may. Shettar had said that if he is denied ticket then it will have a bearing on 20 to 25 assembly seats in north Karnataka, apart from the state. This is the second major blow to the BJP.

Earlier, former deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi resigned from the party and joined the Congress. Savadi who was aspiring to contest from Athani constituency was upset over BJP fielding Mahesh Kumathalli, who was previously with Congress but defected along with 17 others in favour of the BJP to bring down the coalition government of the Congress and the JD(S), led by H D Kumaraswamy in 2019.

Source: Press Trust of India

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