Sharath Bachegowda had rebelled against the BJP and successfully contested the Hoskote assembly byelection in December 2019 defeating the BJP candidate(Twitter/SBG4Hosakote)
Sharath Bachegowda had rebelled against the BJP and successfully contested the Hoskote assembly byelection in December 2019 defeating the BJP candidate(Twitter/SBG4Hosakote)

BJP MP’S son and independent MLA Sharath Bachegowda to join Congress

  • Sharath Bachegowda's entry to the Congress had been on the cards for quite some time but it is now that he has confirmed his next political move.
PTI, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:37 AM IST

Independent MLA and BJP MP B N Bache Gowda’s son Sharath Bachegowda on Thursday said he would join the Congress party sometime in February.

Amid speculation that he is joining the party on February 26, Sharath told PTI, “There is no date fixed as such but sometime in February I will join the legislative party of the Congress.” Sharath’s entry to the Congress had been on the cards for quite some time but it is now that he has confirmed his next political move.

Sharath had rebelled against his party BJP and successfully contested the Hoskote assembly byelection in December 2019 defeating BJP’s M T B Nagaraj.

Nagaraj, a BJP MLC and minister, was among the rebel Congress MLAs who had resigned from the assembly in 2019 bringing down the Congress-JDS coalition government. He joined the BJP later but was defeated in the bypolls.

There were accusations that Bache Gowda helped his son indirectly to win the election but he refuted the charges.

Sharath said he has not informed his father formally about his decision to join Congress. “Since everything is in the public domain, I did not inform him yet. He must be aware of it,” he added.

To a question whether Bache Gowda approved his decision, Sharath said he had to think of his political career. According to BJP sources, Sharath had tried to make an entry into the BJP but Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and the state BJP leadership did not approve it as they were extremely upset with him for rebelling against the party and defeating their candidate

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