Let JD(S) make alliance offer first: BJP

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BANGALORE: Even as last date for filing nominations for Bangalore Rural and Mandya Lok Sabha bypoll is nearing, a section of BJP is JD(S) leaders are working towards fielding common candidate against Congress.

Though the chances are remote, BJP leaders like C T Ravi, D N Jeevaraj are said to have favoured for an alliance with JD(S) for the bypolls. Sources said the by leaving out both Bangalore Rural and Mandya seats to JD(S), the BJP is trying to field its candidates in polls to Upper House by taking JD(S) support.

However, many top leaders in the BJP are not in favour of this idea as the party wants have individual identity even if it does not have strong base in the region. “We have not thought or discussed about forging an alliance with JD(S). If offer for alliance come from JD(S), the party will forward it to higher ups in New Delhi,” state BJP president Prahalad Joshi said on Tuesday.

Joshi said the party has taken bypoll “very seriously” and had constituted search teams for identity suitable candidate. While former deputy CM R Ashoka is heading the team for Bangalore Rural parliamentary segment, C T Ravi has been asked look after Mandya.

In the meeting held late on Monday evening, a section of BJP leaders are said to have demanded the party leaders to clarify soon on bringing back former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to the party. MLA S R Vishwanath reportedly raised the issue stating both BJP and Yeddyurappa are in need for each other and party would be strengthened by Yeddyurappa’s re-entry.

BJP national general secretary H N Ananth Kumar has been given incharge of proposing and taking forward Yeddyurappa’s matter with party central leaders.

Meanwhile, Joshi said Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, who has been newly appointed as BJP chief campaigner, is scheduled to come to Bangalore City during first week of September. “Modi’s visit will definitely pump up the spirits of the cadre,” he said.

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