Ramdas: BJP has not yet finalized candidate

May 6, 2017

Mysuru: With rumours that BJP will field television personality Malavika Avinash, a BJP leader, from Krishnaraja assembly segment in the 2018 general election, former minister and BJP leader S A Ramdas, who had represented the constituency earlier, on Thursday said that he will abide by any decision of the party in this regard.
Ramdas, who lost the seat in 2013 election to Congress candidate M K Somashekar, is hoping to get the ticket to contest next election.

 Replying to queries by reporters, Ramdas described that BJP is like his mother and he will abide by its decision. However, he pointed that the party trusted and selected him to contest the election from the constituency in early 1990s, when SriKantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar was an aspirant.
The ticket issue has cropped up at a time when Ramdas and close contender H V Rajeev have locked horns over getting the party ticket to contest from Krishnaraja segment. Rajeev, a confidant of BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa, had fought 2013 elections on a KJP ticket. He has edge over Ramdas, who is trying to get the ticket.
Even as there are concerns about the fallout of the fight between Ramdas and Rajeev, both Brahmin leaders, a section of party leaders is trying to utilize the differences by parachuting Malavika.
All these developments have upset the contenders when the party is preparing to host the state executive meeting in Mysuru this weekend.