Karnataka Congress veteran Shamanur Shivashankarappa has publicly endorsed BJP MP BY Raghavendra for re-election in the Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency.
As reported by NDTV, the endorsement took place at the Guru Basavashri Award Pradhan and Spirituality Conference in Bekkina Kalmata, Shivmogga, where Shivashankarappa received the Guru Basavashri award.
Shivashankarappa commended Raghavendra for the development works in Shivamogga district and urged the public to re-elect him.
"I noticed that the development works are in Shivmogga district. You have chosen a good MP. The public must elect him further. Shimoga district needs to develop more. You are blessed to have Lok Sabha members like BY Raghavendra. All the work to be done in the district has been completed and has progressed. Development work for the people should be the first priority", he said.
This incident follows former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar's return to the BJP after briefly joining Congress ahead of the 2023 legislative elections.
Shettar rejoined the BJP in the national capital in the presence of former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Union Minister Bhupender Singh Yadav, Karnataka BJP president Vijayendra Yediyurappa, and Union Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
"Today I joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. Today morning, I met our national leaders, Amit Shah and JP Nadda. They heartily welcomed me. In Karnataka, I met the state party president, BY Vijayendra, BS Yediyurappa, and other leaders. They also welcomed me. I joined them according to their guidance," he said.
Responding to a question asked by a reporter on contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the former Chief Minister said, "Whatever the high command directs, I will do."
These developments indicate the ongoing turmoil within Karnataka Congress.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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