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BJP goes to poll panel against rebel Karnataka leader for using PM’s pic

Mangalore Today News Network

Bengaluru, April 10, 2024: The BJP has written to the Election Commission to ensure that party rebel KS Eshwarappa does not use Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo during his election campaign.


KS Eshwarappa

Eshwarappa, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka who was denied the ticket by the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls, is contesting as an Independent from Shivamogga. He is up against BY Raghvendra, son of former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

In its complaint, the BJP states, "To our utter shock and surprise, an independent candidate from Shivamogga, KS Eshwarappa, has been misleading the public that he is contesting on behalf of Narendra Modi and BJP leaders. He portrays that he is a part of the BJP, which is incorrect."

Eshwarappa has been using the Prime Minister’s photo in his campaign. Last week, he claimed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah called him up and asked him to withdraw his candidature from this Lok Sabha constituency but he stood firm on his decision to contest.

On April 6, the disgruntled BJP leader filed a caveat in the Karnataka High Court as a precautionary measure if the BJP moved against him for using PM Modi’s picture for campaigning.

Yediyurappa and his son BY Raghavendra have won the Shivamogga constituency since 2009. Apart from Raghvendra, Eshwarappa will face Geetha Shivarajkumar of the Congress.

Courtesy: India Today

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