Why BSY camp feels Jayaprakash Hegde is a block in their way

Why BSY camp feels Jayaprakash Hegde is a block in their way

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2017-03-10 18:35 Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader Jayaprakash Hegde was accorded a warm welcome by BJP after he joined the party, early this week. But, his move has earned him enemies in not only in Congress but in BJP too.Despite being in the Congress, ‘Socialist’ Hegde’s decision to join BJP surprised many. For, he had always branded BJP a ‘communal’. But highly placed sources said that Hegde was upset over being sidelined by the Congress. It is alleged that former Union minister Oscar Fernandes denied him MLC ticket in 2016 forcing him to switch his loyalties.pollaroid-108But he seemed to have made a tricky decision. For, now, he is facing strong resistance from a few BJP leaders, who think, he might upset their plans.Sources said all is not well between BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa and his close confidant Shobha Karandlaje after Hegde was inducted into the party. For, Hegde is said to be eying his old fort – Byndoor – which, incidentally Shobha Karandlaje is also planning to contest the next Assembly elections, from. Presently, Byndoor is represented by Congress MLA Gopal Poojary.But, there is one more leader who wants to contest from the same Byndoor constituency. Local BJP leader BM Sukumar Shetty – a close relative of Hegde – is also keen to contest from Byndoor. Considering this, Hegde will not have a smooth walk in his new party.Sukumar Shetty Sources close to Hegde said that he might consider either Sringeri or Tarikere Assembly constituencies for the next Assembly polls, as BJP’s seasoned faces may not accept him for the prominent Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency.Besides, BJP leaders in coastal district are also worried over Hegde joining the party as he belongs to the prominent Bunt community and the party already has popular leaders from the community.Hegde, an old horse of Janata Parivar had successfully contested on an independent ticket from Brahmavar constituency when the party was divided into two camps between Ramakrishna Hegde and Deve Gowada. Later, he had joined Congress. After DV Sadananda Gowda became chief minister resigning his MP seat, Hegde won the by-election from Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency defeating Sunil Kumar of BJP in 2011. However, he was defeated by Shobha Karandlaje in the next election from the same constituency.