Former CM addresses two rallies in Chikkodi and Belagavik
BJP leaders on Sunday took out rallies in Chikkodi and Belagavi as part of the Jan Swarajya Yatra, where they campaigned for the party’s candidate for the Legislative Council elections, Mahantesh Kavatagimath.
Former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa addressed two rallies.
Some senior party leaders spoke in the rallies. However, the Jarkiholi brothers, Ramesh, former minister, and Balachandra, KMF president, were conspicuous by their absence. This is widely seen as his reaction to the party’s reluctance to field his younger brother Lakhan Jarkiholi as the second candidate in the council elections. While Balachandra Jarkiholi has openly asked for a party ticket for his brother, Ramesh Jarkiholi has said that he has not made any such demand.
When asked about this, Mr. Yediyurappa said that he would speak to the Jarkiholi brothers. “We will all work together to ensure the victory of Mahantesh Kavatagimath,” he told reporters in Belagavi.
District in-charge minister Govind Karjol, ministers Umesh Katti and Shashikala Jole and other senior leaders of the district were also absent. Party sources said this was because the party had assigned him other constituencies for campaigning work.
In Chikkodi, Mr Yediyurappa said that the BJP is not a party that believes in caste-based discrimination. “We give equal importance to all communities. Party leaders from all communities hold important positions. Equal development of all sections of the society and harmony among all is our motto.
He said that the Congress is losing ground across the country, while the BJP is moving ahead strongly in all the states. “In a few days, the Congress will be completely out. People have rejected it at every level from Gram Panchayat to Parliament.
In Belagavi, Mr Yediyurappa said Mr Kavatagimath would emerge as the winner in the first round of counting as he was likely to get the first preference vote. “Mr. Kavatagimath has participated in legislative proceedings and raised issues related to rural local bodies. He has also worked with enthusiasm in the district. He said that he is getting unprecedented support for the party candidates across the state. .
Party leader B. Sriramulu (Minister), Laxman Savadi, former Deputy Chief Minister, Eranna Kadadi, Rajya Sabha member, Mangala Angadi and Anna Saheb Jole, MP, N. Ravikumar, MLC, P. Rajeev, Anil Benke, Mahadevappa Yadav, Mahantesh, Dodagoudar, MLA and others were present in the rallies.