Ramesh Jarakiholi is one of the 17 disqualified MLAs who had defected from Congress-JDS alliance leading to the fall of the HD Kumaraswamy government.
Gokak constituency in Belagavi district will witness a contest between two brothers from the politically influential Jarkiholi family.
Ramesh will contest on the BJP ticket while Lakhan Jarkiholi will contest on a Congress ticket.
Ramesh Jarkiholi, the demolition man, spearheaded Operation Lotus that lasted more than 14 months, and succeeded in toppling the coalition government along with 16 other rebels.
The BJP leadership may have assured me plum positions in the government, but I would not like to comment on it. I am ready to accept any position, whether it is the DCM or any other post. I want the BJP leadership to treat me fairly in the government, reports the New Indian Express.
Ramesh expressing his unhappiness over his brother Satish contesting the bypoll. “Lakhan has stabbed me from behind. He worked with me all these years. Till December 5 he is not my brother. We are opponents. He is my younger brother only after that. This is all the doing of Sathish,” Ramesh Jarkiholi said, reports News18.com.
“It was me; I first met Yediyurappa and told him I want to topple the coalition government. Initially, he suspected my motives, but I promised to keep my word. That’s how it all began,” Ramesh told a crowd of supporters and BJP workers at a rally in Gokak, Belagavi, reported the TOI.