BJP's next mission to woo Congress leader Vijay Shankar ahead of Karnataka bypolls
Former Karnataka minister in the BJP government and a two-time member of parliament CH Vijay Shankar is reportedly planning to go back into the BJP fold by severing ties with the Congress. Vijay Shankar, a prominent Kuruba leader, was earlier roped in by former CM Siddaramaiah and was pitted against JDS' HD Deve Gowda in Hassan in 2014.
Bengaluru: Another prominent Kuruba leader from Old Mysuru region, former minister CH Vijay Shankar is reportedly planning to switch sides and rejoin BJP. According to sources, BJP wanted to field Vijay Shankar from Hunsur in the upcoming Karnataka by-election on BJP ticket. If not anything, the party wants to strengthen its hold in the Old Mysuru region.
Speaking exclusively to Asianet Newsable, Vijay Shankar said that it is too early to comment. However, he will hold a meeting with his supporters before taking any step.
"First I have to go and join and then contest in the by-election. The party has to decide on this and it is too early to say anything on this. I have called for a meeting with supporters and other leaders. Only after the meeting, a clear picture will emerge," said Shankar.
BJP confirms Vijay Shankar's interest in joining the saffron party
Tourism minister and BJP leader CT Ravi hinted that BJP is ready to welcome Vijay Shankar.
"For the last three months, he (Vijay Shankar) has been showing interest to come back to the BJP. He has to address supporters before taking any decision. Let it be anyone, if they want to come to the BJP, we will welcome them," said Ravi.
He has done a crime by leaving BJP: SA Ramadas
Former minister and a friend of Vijay Shankar, SA Ramadas criticised the previous move of Vijay Shankar quitting the party and holding the Congress' hand.
" Ours is a cadre-based party and will always remain strong. He (Vijay Shankar) came as an ordinary worker and rose to the rank of minister. I requested him in the past not to leave the BJP. It has served in his interest. Now if he wants to come back, it is the party that will decide," said Ramadas.