L. Chandrashekar, a candidate of the Ramanagaram Assembly Constituency, withdrew his name from the upcoming Ramanagaram Assembly elections and left the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today.
Chandrashekar, who was a party member of the Congress party, decided to switch his party and joined the BJP on the 10th of October.
Within a short period of time, L. Chandrashekar changed his party back to Congress. The shift is a setback for the BJP during the elections of Ramanagaram.
The reason cited for the change is the lack of support from the BJP leaders. L. Chandrashekar said he would submit a letter to the Returning Officer of the constituency, informing about his withdrawal from the elections.
He said the former BJP Minister C.P. Yogeshwar did not support him in his campaign as promised earlier and decided to come back to the Congress party.
Chandrashekar was disappointed and said, “The BJP is a divided house.” He further said, “I have come back to my mother party, I am happy.”
The sudden withdrawal of L. Chandrashekar two days before the bypolls counts as a great opportunity for the opposition candidate, Ms. Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
Anitha Kumaraswamy is representing the Janata Dal (Secular) party with no strong opposition candidate from the BJP in the upcoming polls of Ramanagaram.
The Ramanagaram Assembly Constituency elections are scheduled for the 3rd of November and the counting of votes will be held on the 6th of November.