Baig does not file nomination from Shivajinagar; thanks votersfor support

(EDS: corrects headline) Bengaluru, Nov 19 (PTI) Amid speculation that he willcontest as an independent, seven-time MLA Roshan Baig, who wasdenied the BJP ticket, did not file his nomination fromShivajinagar constituency on Monday,the last date to do so forthe December 5 bypolls to 15 assembly segments in the state.

Baig is one among the 17 disqualified MLAs, whom theSupreme Court had last week allowed to contest the bypolls.

Baig was not inducted into the party, unlike 16 otherdisqualified legislators who were welcomed into the BJP fold,soon after the apex court verdict.

While the 13 disqualified MLAs have been fielded bythe BJP again from their respective seats, M Saravana, aformer corporator, has been given the ticket fromShivajinagar, denying it to Baig, a disqualified Congresslegislator from the constituency.

Resignation and absence of 17 Congress-JDS legislatorsduring the trust vote of the H D Kumaraswamy government hadpaved the way for the BJP to come to power.

BJP sources had cited 'reservations' expressed by theparty leadership over Baig, who faced inquiry in the IMA ponziscam, among the reasons for his non-induction and denial ofticket.

Baig, a former minister, had earlier claimed he willjoin the saffron party along with the other legislators andwill contest the bypolls on that partys ticket.

After BJP denied him a ticket, Baig had met ChiefMinister Yediyurappa and expressed his displeasure.

He had also contemplated on contesting as anindependent candidate during meetings with supporterssubsequently, sources close to him said.

In what looks like a farewell speech, Baig in aFacebook post has thanked his supporters and people ofShivajinagar constituency.

'I wholeheartedly thank all my supporters andwell-wishers who came and showed me your love at ShamsConvention Hall.

I'd like to take this moment to thank everybody whosupported me over the last 4 decades during my career as arepresentative of Shivajinagar, the post read.

Stating that his relationship with ShivajinagarAssembly Constituency goes beyond politics, he said, ...Istarted as an area boy and got to be involved in the area as asignificant stakeholder for more than 40 long years.

Politicians and leaders might change but my love andaffection for all of you will always remain the same and I,Roshan Baig, will always be at your service, he added.

Baig, a Congress man during most part of hispolitical carrier, was suspended from the party in June for'anti-party' activities.

Hitting out at Congress leaders for the party'sperformance in the Lok Sabha polls, Baig had heldSiddaramaiah's 'arrogance' and KPCC President Dinesh GunduRao's 'immaturity' responsible for the 'flop show.' He also called AICC general secretary K C Venugopal a'buffoon.

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