Discontent Among Karnataka BJP Leaders

The release of the BJP’s initial list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka has stirred discontent among party leaders in the state. Several leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with the selection process, with some even considering a switch to the Congress party.

Revolt of Former Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa

Former Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa, a prominent supporter of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has openly revolted against the party. His discontent stems from the exclusion of his son, K E Kantesh, from the list of candidates announced by the party’s high command. Eshwarappa had sought a ticket for his son from the Haveri Lok Sabha seat but was disappointed when the party nominated the sitting MLA and former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai instead.

Eshwarappa’s Protest

In response to the party’s decision, Eshwarappa has declared his intention to contest the elections from Shivamogga, opposing B Y Vijayendra, the elder son of former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. Eshwarappa views this move as a protest against what he perceives as “dynastic politics” within the Karnataka BJP.

Criticism of Party Leadership

Eshwarappa has criticized the state BJP leadership, alleging that the party is dominated by a single family, mirroring the situation in the Congress party. He has expressed concern that individuals advocating for Hindutva principles, such as C T Ravi, Pratap Simha, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, and Sadananda Gowda, are being sidelined within the party.

Former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda’s Response

Former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, initially hesitant to contest the Lok Sabha elections, has now expressed a strong desire to participate. He has even hinted at the possibility of joining the Congress party, indicating his dissatisfaction with the BJP’s decision-making process.

Discontent Among Other Leaders

In Koppal, two-time BJP MLA Karadi Sanganna is disappointed after being denied a ticket. He has revealed that he is considering his options, including the possibility of joining the Congress. Similarly, former Karnataka Minister J C Madhuswamy has expressed displeasure over the party’s decision to field V Somanna from Tumakuru, contemplating his future within the BJP.

Uncertainty Ahead of Elections

With discontent brewing among BJP leaders in Karnataka, the party faces uncertainty ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The possibility of leaders defecting to rival parties adds another layer of complexity to the political landscape in the state.


The discontent among Karnataka BJP leaders over the party’s selection of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections underscores the internal challenges facing the party. As the elections draw nearer, the BJP will need to address these grievances effectively to maintain unity and focus on securing victory at the polls.

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