Bengaluru: Ahead of the Lok Sabha election in 2024, the BJP appointed Vijayendra Yediyurappa, son of B.S. Yediyurappa, as the party’s Karnataka president.
He is being promoted as Yediyurappa’s successor in Karnataka BJP. It also marks the return of the Yediyurappa family to the centre stage of Karnataka BJP. Yediyurappa’s elder son B.Y. Raghavendra represents Shimoga in the Lok Sabha.
Yediyurappa had in July last year announced his retirement from electoral politics and unilaterally declared that his son would henceforth contest from his constituency.
Till now Vijayendra has been sidelined in the Karnataka BJP. He was denied a party ticket to contest the 2018 Assembly elections from the Varuna segment against Siddaramaiah’s son Yathindra. In 2017 he was not considered for election to the Karnataka Legislative Council.
In the recent Assembly polls, Vijayendra was elected from the Shikaripura constituency that his father had won eight times. Vijayendra replaces Nalin Kumar Kateel as the Karnataka BJP president.
The newly appointed president informed that the BJP legislative party would meet on November 17 to elect its floor leader. Several party MLAs had threatened to stay away from the upcoming winter session in December if that party failed to elect a leader of the Opposition.