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BJP to field 'clean' Hartal Halappa from Soraba?

  • Hartal Halappa was given a clean chit in the rape case by the Shivamogga court
  • Halappa was away from active politics for almost seven years
  • He was the minister in the then Yeddyurappa government
BJP may field now clean Hartal Halappa from Soraba
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Former minister Hartal Halappa who was given a clean chit in the sexual assault case by the Shivamogga court on August 17 may come back to politics and speculations are rife that the BJP may field him from the Soraba constituency in the upcoming Assembly elections.

The BJP party was contemplating to give the ticket to Kumar Bangarappa who joined the party from Congress early this year. And this had expected a battle between brothers - Kumar Bangarappa (BJP) and Madhu Bangarappa (JDS). But with Halappa getting a clean chit from the court, his political prospects are looking brighter now. This has given him the strength to test his political career again. Sources told Kannada Prabha that there are all chances that Halappa may seek ticket for himself from BJP from Soraba constituency.

It may be recalled here that Halappa had won from Soraba constituency last time but on the Yeddyurappa-led KJP party. While Kumar Bangarappa was the Congress candidate then. Despite the rape charges, Halappa was in the second position in the total votes polled. Chikkavalli Nagarajagowda who had contested on the BJP ticket had lost the polls badly. He could not save his deposit too. BJP was rejected, out rightly, then, reports Kannada Prabha.

Considering this failure, the BJP now wants to field a strong candidate as the Soraba is a prestigious constituency for the BJP. It is reported that the BJP is now contemplating to field Halappa to take on Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S). All this while, the BJP leaders were hesitant to give a ticket to Halappa as he was facing the court charges. However, with the court exonerating the charges on him, Halappa is likely to emerge as the favourite candidate from Soraba constituency. Senior leaders in the party too feel that the court's verdict has cleared all blocks for Halappa to emerge as one of the probable candidates for the BJP.

If that happens, Kumar Bangarappa may have to look for another constituency or the BJP leaders may give him Councillor's post, sources told Kannada Prabha.  

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