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'Money Power Played Key Role': BJP Turncoat Jagadish Shettar After His Defeat In Hubballi-Dharwad

The exit of Shettar from the North Karnataka region had triggered a political row with Congress accusing the BJP of being an 'anti-Lingyat' party

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BJP turncoat Jagadish Shettar joins Congress
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Senior Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar, who rebelled against the BJP and switched sides with the Congress, lost yesterday from the Hubbali-Dharwad constituency by a margin of nearly 32,000 votes. He claimed that "money power" contributed to his defeat.

"In the last six elections, I have not at all used money power, never distributed money to voters. (This is the) First time that the BJP candidate has distributed ₹ 500-1000 to voters," Shettar said, allegedly accusing his rival of distributing money. He lost the seat to BJP's Mahesh Tenginakai.

In a major turn of events, former Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar had announced his resignation from the BJP after he was denied a ticket. The 67-year-old was the sitting MLA from Hubli-Dharwad Central. The BJP high command had earlier asked him to drop his name for the election and that left the senior leader upset. 

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He contested from the same constituency on the Congress ticket for the first time. The exit of Shettar from the North Karnataka region had triggered a political row with Congress accusing the BJP of being an 'anti-Lingyat' party. 

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