Karnataka polls: Denied ticket, BJP MLA M P Kumaraswamy quits party

M P Kumaraswamy, who is a BJP MLA representing Mudigere, has declared his resignation from the party due to being denied a ticket to participate in the 2023 Assembly elections.

MP Kumaraswamy
Additionally, M P Kumaraswamy has stated that he plans to submit his resignation as a legislator to the Assembly Speaker in the near future I Pic: ANI

On Thursday (April 13), M P Kumaraswamy, the BJP MLA from Mudigere, announced that he would be resigning from the party after being denied a ticket to contest in the Karnataka Assembly polls. He held national General Secretary C T Ravi responsible for not nominating him.

The three-time MLA said he will also be submitting his resignation as legislator to the Assembly Speaker soon.

In the BJPs second list of 23 candidates announced last night, Deepak Doddaiah was named as candidate from Mudigere.

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Kumaraswamy hit out at BJP national General Secretary C T Ravi for not getting the ticket, and said he will decide on his next move after discussing with his supporters and people of his constituency. The MLA cited personal rivalry between him and Ravi as the reason for him missing the ticket.

Speculations are rife that the leader from SC community may join JD(S) or contest as an independent.

“I have sent in my resignation to the party office and will hand over (resignation as MLA) to the Speaker soon. I will discuss with my supporters and voters and decide my next move in a couple of days,” he said.

“C T Ravi has ensured that I don’t get a ticket due to personal reasons, he has that strength now as national general secretary. If I was in his position and he was in mine, I would have done the same thing,” he said, and warned the BJP that Ravi will decimate the party.

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Kumaraswamy said if veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa switches off his phone for a week, the party won’t win even 50 seats. “Without Yediyurappa, people will not even come to BJP’s meetings.”

He questioned the reason as to why he was denied the ticket. “I have age and ability on my side.”

Recently, there was a large-scale protest against Kumaraswamy by a section of party workers in the constituency, when Yediyurappa had visited there.

(With agency inputs)