PM Modi not contesting 2019 Lok Sabha elections from K’taka: BSY

Political News, State, (Bengaluru), October 9:-Terming it “far from the truth”, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president B S Yeddyurappa on Monday said that there are no such plans by PM Modi to contest from Karnataka in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

He said the BJP candidates for the November 3 assembly and parliamentary by-polls in the state will be finalised at the party’s core committee meeting on Wednesday.

There were reports in certain sections of the local media that, with an aim to increase BJP’s influence in the south, Modi was likely to contest from one of the southern states, most probably from Karnataka along with Varanasi, the seat that he currently represents.

“On Wednesday evening, we have called a core committee meeting where we will finalise our candidates for the three Lok Sabha constituencies and two Vidhan Sabha constituencies and send it to our national president for approval,” he said.

The Election Commission on Saturday had announced the by-elections in three Lok Sabha constituencies (Shivamogga, Ballari and Mandya) and two assembly constituencies (Ramanagara and Jamkhandi). The elections will be held on November 3 and counting of votes will take place on November 6.

The by-elections had been necessitated after BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and B Sriramalu (Ballari), and CS Puttaraju of JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as lawmakers on their election to the assembly in May last.

By-polls to Jamkhandi assembly seat was necessitated following the death of Congress lawmaker Siddu Nyamagouda, while Ramanagara fell vacant as Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy gave up the seat and retained Channapatna, the other segment won by him in the assembly elections.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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