BJP makes Yeddyurappa son youth wing general secretary after ticket denial

Yeddyurappa announced on Monday that his son Vijayendra would not contest from Varuna against CM Siddaramaiah’s son Yatindra, leading to protests by BJP workers.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2018 19:49 IST
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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Police lathicharge BJP supporters in Mysuru who were protesting against the denial of ticket to Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra.(PTI)

In an apparent placatory move, the BJP appointed state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra as its youth wing general secretary on Tuesday, a day after protests erupted over denial of party ticket to him for the May 12 assembly polls.

Vijayendra’s appointment as the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) general secretary was announced by Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is also in charge of the BJP’s Karnataka unit.

The announcement, made at a press meet, came a day after Vijayendra’s supporters staged angry protests, entailing police lathicharge, over denial of party ticket to him to contest from Varuna constituency in Mysuru.

Political observers saw it as a damage control move to douse dissidence and its spill over effect electorally in and around Mysuru in south Karnataka.

Javadekar said, “The next chief minister of Karnataka made a historic announcement yesterday (Monday). The whole party is with him. To see that Vijayendra works in the entire region, we are giving him an additional responsibility. He will be the new general secretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.”

In a surprise announcement, Yeddyurappa had on Monday said Vijayendra would not contest from Varuna constituency against chief minister Siddaramaiah’s son Yatindra. He did not cite any reason.

Yeddyurappa’s announcement led to vandalism by supporters of Vijayendra, who raised slogans against party chief Amit Shah.

Vijayendra had tried to calm his supporters and tweeted saying he wholeheartedly stood by and supported the party’s decision “in all circumstances”.

For the past one month, Vijayendra was working at the grassroot level in Varuna ever since Siddaramaiah decided to field his son in the constituency he had been winning.

First Published: Apr 24, 2018 19:49 IST