PM speaks to BJP leader Eshwarappa, praises his commitment to party
Shivamogga: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called up senior BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa, who recently announced his retirement from poll politics on the party’s directions, appreciated his commitment to the party.
Former minister Eshwarappa was denied a ticket from the Shivamogga constituency, represented by him for three decades. He is the only one to have announced his retirement from electoral politics through a public announcement.
“I was surprised when PM Modi called me in the morning. Recognition of party workers like me by him is a matter of great joy. This is an inspiration for all party workers,” Eshwarappa stated.
“I took the decision of retiring from electoral politics five minutes after the direction from senior leaders and sent my letter. This development surprised me and made me happy. PM Modi has expressed his happiness for following the order of the party,” he said.
“PM Modi also assured me that he would meet me when he comes to Karnataka. He has given directions to bring the party to power,” he added.
According to sources, Eshwarappa has been given a good assurance by PM Modi in the coming days.
While Eshwarappa followed the party’s diktat, former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and former DCM Laxman Savadi had raised the banner of revolt and switched over to Congress.
The BJP has fielded a loyal party worker, presently a city corporation member in the place of Eshwarappa, for the Shivamogga seat. The development has made Eshwarappa happy and upbeat.