New Delhi: Veteran BJP leader and four-time Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that his second son BY Vijayendra will contest the upcoming state assembly elections from their family stronghold Shikaripura in Shimoga district. Signalling his retirement from electoral politics, Yediyurappa sought public support for his son and said he himself won't contest elections again.
Yediyurappa has won from this constituency eight times since 1983. "I request you to support Vijayendra, just like the way you have supported me," he appealed to the people of the constituency.
The former Chief Minister said that he will visit the constituency once a week and appealed to the people to strengthen the party in the constituency. Vijayendra is the state vice president of the BJP in Karnataka.
BSY is the tallest Lingayat leader in the country and was also a Lok Sabha member from Shimoga in 2014. His son Raghavendra won on a BJP ticket in the assembly bypolls in 2014 from Shikaripura.