BY Vijayendra, the son of former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, has been appointed the party’s state unit chief. Mr Vijayendra is the MLA of Shikharipura, from where his father won comfortable in the 2018 Karnataka election.
In May this year, Mr Vijayendra won the Shikaripura seat in his electoral debut by a margin of 11,008 votes. In 2020, Mr Vijayendra was appointed vice president of the BJP’s Karnataka unit.
The appointment of Mr Vijayendra, seen as the political heir to Mr Yediyurappa, to replace Nalinkumar Kateel ends months of speculation as a change of guard in the state was widely expected since the BJP suffered a big defeat to the Congress in the election in May.
Vijayendra was the front-runner for the state chief post along with CT Ravi, Sunil Kumar, and Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, among others.
Vijayendra represents Shivamogga’s Shikaripura constituency in the state assembly.
Mr Yeddyurappa’s elder son BY Raghavendra is a Lok Sabha MP and the BJP has often tried to ensure that it is not seen encouraging more than one member of a family in politics.