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BJP Leaders Hebbar, Somashekhar Consider Lok Sabha Shift To Congress

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Political dynamics in Karnataka are witnessing a potential shift as two prominent leaders, Shivram Hebbar and ST Somashekhar, currently associated with the BJP, are gearing up to join the Congress and contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

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As preparations for the Lok Sabha elections gain momentum, the political arena in Karnataka is abuzz with talks of defections. Among the notable figures contemplating a switch are MLAs Shivram Hebbar and ST Somashekhar, who, dissatisfied with the BJP leadership, have decided to bid farewell to the party. In a series of discussions with Congress leaders, it has been revealed that both leaders are poised to officially join the Congress ranks and run as Congress candidates in the upcoming elections.

Karnataka BJP MLA;s defer plans to join Congress | Bengaluru News -

Source: Times of India

The electoral landscape may witness Shivram Hebbar vying for the Karwar Lok Sabha constituency, while ST Somasekhar eyes the Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha seat. These potential candidacies underscore the strategic planning involved in this political realignment. The Congress seems to be strategically positioning these leaders in key constituencies, emphasizing a calculated approach to the impending Lok Sabha elections.

According to reliable sources, the duo contemplating the exit from the BJP has received assurances of significant roles in the government. While Somashekhar is expected to secure a high post akin to the Administrative Reforms Commission, Hebbar is poised to lead an infrastructure development task force. These promises indicate a tactical move by the Congress to attract experienced leaders and capitalize on their skills for governance and development.

BJP MLAs ST Somashekar, Shivaram Hebbar skip meeting chaired by BL Santhosh  amid rumours of joining Congress | Karnataka News -

Source: News9live

In the process of their political transition, both leaders have engaged in discussions with the Congress high command. Notably, ST Somashekhar met with Parameshwar, a key figure in the Congress, to deliberate on their entry into the party. The historical connection between Parameshwar and the leaders, dating back to their association during Parameshwar’s tenure as the president of KPCC, adds a personal touch to this political realignment.

Addressing reporters after a meeting with Home Minister Parameshwar, ST Somashekhar emphasized that the discussions were centered around non-political matters. He highlighted the need for a new police station in the Magadi Road constituency and the division of Andhrahalli into Badarahalli. This underscores the leaders’ commitment to addressing the developmental needs of their constituencies, irrespective of the party they align with.

Karnataka: Congress' election setbacks hold up impending exodus from BJP |  Bengaluru News -

Source: Times of India

The ongoing political developments have not gone unnoticed within the BJP, with MP DV Sadananda Gowda expressing concerns and urging action against those acting against the party’s interests. Shivaram Hebbar, responding to accusations of anti-party activities, asserted that there are internal mechanisms within the BJP for addressing concerns and lauded the party’s ongoing corrective measures.


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