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Karnataka: Congress leader A Manju likely to join BJP on Monday


Bengaluru, Mar 16: Congress leader and former minister A Manju, who is opposed to JDS candidates from Hassan and Mandya Lok Sabha seats, likely to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday.

 Congress leader and former minister A Manju

A Manju reportedly met Hassan BJP MLA Preetham Gowda and he is likely to announce his final decision on Monday.

A Manju is reportedly miffed over Prajwal Revanna, son of JDS leader nad minister HD Revanna, being fielded from Hassan. It has been speculated that Manju, who was a three-term member of the Karnataka Assembly, will contest the Lok Sabha polls from Hassan on a BJP ticket against Prajwal Revanna.

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However, former chief minister Siddaramaiah had not only dismissed reports of conflict in the party over seat sharing with the Janata Dal (S), but was also confident that A Manju would not quit the Congress to join the BJP as rumoured.

A Manju was elected to the Assembly on a BJP ticket from Arakalgudu in 1999. In 2014, Lok Sabha elections, Manju had unsuccessfully fought against former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda in Hassan on a Congress ticket.


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