Bangalore: Basavaraj Patil Sedam and R
Ramakrishna (BJP), K Rahman Khan (Congress) and independent
Rajeev Chandrashekhar filed nomination papers for the March 30
Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka, but "rebel" candidate
propped by B S Yeddyurappa gave a dramatic twist to the poll
process on Monday.
The last minute entry by Yeddyurappa loyalist B J
Puttaswamy hotted up the election scene on the last day of
filing nominations for four seats, with the move being seen as
the Karnataka BJP strongman`s plot to maintain pressure on the
central leadership to reinstate him as Chief Minister.
Puttaswamy, who served Yeddyurappa as Political Secretary
to the Chief Minister and continued in the position under his
successor D V Sadananda Gowda as well, also announced that he
has resigned from the post.
"I am the third official candidate of the BJP", he said,
adding, he has filed nomination with the signature of 10 MLAs.
He claimed he would submit b-form tomorrow.
As Yeddyurappa renewed his bid to regain his post by
exerting pressure on the central leadership through a sizeable
section of MLAs and MPs, the move to field Puttaswamy is seen
in some quarters as "bargaining ploy" to step up the pressure.
Earlier today,BJP`s two official candidates - Ramakrishna,a
retired IAS officer and the party`s central election convener
and Sedam,a former state unit president - filed nominations,
as also Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Rahman Khan.
Chandrashekhar, backed by BJP and JDS last time around,
filed his papers in the company of senior JDS leader H D
Revanna. JDS has 26 MLAs in the Assembly. He was expected to
get "surplus votes" from BJP but if Puttaswamy remains in the
fray, calculations may go wrong.
In the 224-member House, BJP has 120 MLAs, including the
Speaker, while Congress has 71. A winner needs a minimum of 46
votes which ideally means candidates of these two parties can
win easily. The Assembly also has seven independents,including
one supporting the BJP.
The Rajya Sabha members from Karnataka retiring on Apr 2
are Hema Malini, K B Shanappa, Rahman Khan and Chandrashekhar.