BJP names fresh face for Mandya constituency
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.