Former Karnataka Chief Minster Jagadish Shettar is likely to the first major rebellion for the BJP after the party asked him to make way for others and indicated that he will not be given a ticket.
The Hubballi MLA, who has won six elections in the past, had already started campaigning for his next election, when the party Indicated about not giving ticket to him. Jagadish Shettar is very upset and says that none can stop him from contesting the upcoming Assembly election.
Jagadish Shettar said, “Last six elections I got elected with a margin of more than 21,000 votes. What are my minus points? I am very disappointed. I have already started campaigning in my constituency, and I will intensify it. There is no question of staying away from election,” he added.
The former Chief Minister of Karnataka said that he has no allegation against him asked the party to let him contest the election. Jagadish Shettar said, “I ask only one question – I won six times, have no blot in my career and have no allegations against me. So why am I being excluded? I want to tell the party to allow me to contest, otherwise it won’t be good for the party.”
Jagadish Shettar, who is upset with the BJP, said despite being honest to the party, he is not getting due respect. He said, “I have pledged my loyalty to the BJP. Even the (party’s) recent survey (on election) proved that I have an edge. But I am disappointed after getting the call from the party leadership.” Several BJP leaders including Vijay Rupani, Nitin Patel and RC Faldu obeyed the call of central leadership and made way for the new and younger faces. Jagadish Shetter said, “I will ask the party to define seniority so that there is no confusion about how they decide who gets to contest. I have a clean image and won Hubballi with good numbers.”