BJP names fresh face for Mandya con­stituency

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BEN­GALURU: Kar­nataka BJP on Thurs­day named a fresh face, a re­tired Com­mer­cial Tax of­fi­cer from the Vokkaliga com­mu­nity, as its can­di­date for the Novem­ber 3 Lok Sabha by­polls in Mandya con­stituency.

The party is ex­pected to pick its can­di­date forthe Ra­mana­gara as­sem­bly seat in a cou­ple of days.

“Dr Siddaramaiah, Re­tired Ad­di­tional Com­mis­sioner, Com­mer­cial Tax has joined the BJP. He will be our can­di­date from Mandya Lok Sabha con­stituency,” state BJP chief B S Yed­dyu­rappa told re­porters in Shiva­mogga.

He said Siddaramaiah hails from the Vokkaliga com­mu­nityand his fam­ily has a po­lit­i­cal back­ground, as his fa­ther Bdodda­bore Gowda had got elected to the as­sem­bly from Sri­ran­ga­p­at­naand Mandya con­stituen­cies.

In­ter­est­ingly, the an­nounce­ment of Siddaramaiah's nameas the BJP can­di­date from Mandya Lok Sabha con­stituency came­soon af­ter he joined the party in Ben­galuru Thurs­day.

BJP ex­pects Siddaramaiah's Vokkaliga back­ground to help its prospects in Mandya, the re­gion dom­i­nated by the com- mu­nity, where its po­si­tion is rel­a­tively weak.

Stat­ing that the party's can­di­dates would be in the fray from all five con­stituen­cies go­ing for the by­polls, Yed­dyu­rappa said there were two or three names for Ra­mana­gara and the can­di­date would be fi­nalised to­mor­row or the day af­ter.

“Our mis­sion is to win all the five seats in the by­polls,” he added.

The state BJP had on Tues­day fi­nalised the names for two out of three par­lia­men­tary and one out of twoassem­bly con­stituen­cies that will go for the by­polls on Novem­ber 3.

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