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Will contest election and give fitting reply, says defiant Shettar

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Hubballi: Senior BJP leader and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, who has been sulking after being denied ticket, announced that he will quit the BJP. He will submit his resignation papers to Assembly Speaker Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri in Sirsi on Sunday.

Shettar is one of the seniors to resign from the party ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections on May 10.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Shettar, a prominent leader in the North Karntaka, said that he will resign from the party’s primary membership too.

“Will contest this elections and give a befitting answer to those denied ticket to me,” defiant Shettar said.

“They have humiliated me and forced me to quit the party. Until now, I have not been given any reasons for denying ticket to me. They did not even respect the people’s trust,” angry Shettar said.

As a last ditch effort, a meeting convened by State election in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai and MP and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi – that lasted for over 40 minutes – failed to convince defiant Shettar.

“Party may have felt that If I got elected I may demand the CM’s post, as seniors like former CM B S Yeddyurappa and former Deputy CM K S Eshwarappa have announced to stay away from electoral politics. Hence, they have conspired to deny the ticket to me,” he alleged.

Angry Shettar said that he had been a six-time MLA from Hubballi-Dharward Central Assembly constituency and does not have any charges against him. He has strived for the party and the constituency.

“They offered to provide other opportunities, higher positions and even a ticket to family members. I sought to contest this elections as I want to work for the constituency. But they were still not considering. I do not want to stay here after being humiliated. I will resign from the party but will contest this elections,” Shettar said.

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