Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said his son B Y Vijayendra will contest the May 10 Assembly elections from Shikaripura in this district, which he represented in the Lower House six times.
The BJP strongman, who had already announced his retirement from electoral politics, again ruled out the possibility of his son being fielded from Varuna in Mysuru against Congress stalwart Siddaramaiah.
Vijayendra, who is a BJP state vice-president, sought the people’s blessings to contest from Shikaripura.
"There was pressure on Vijayendra to contest from Varuna constituency but I decided that he should contest from Shikaripura because this was the constituency which gave me a political life, recognition, and honour,” Yediyurappa said addressing a public meeting.
Yeddyurappa's statement came even though the BJP’s Central Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision-making body of which he is a member, has not yet cleared the list of candidates
Addressing people, Vijayendra said his father always took every religious community along throughout his political career.
If Yediyurappa grew politically then it is because of the work of our workers in Shikaripura, Vijayendra said adding that neither Yediyurappa nor his family members can ever forget their contribution to helping him grow.
"I have come here to appeal to you all to allow me to serve you in the coming days," he said, adding that he will take every community of the society along.
Last week, Yediyurappa hinted that his son may contest from Varuna but, the very next day ruled out that possibility.