The press conference called by Vijay Sankeshwar in Hubli had raised lot of eyebrows, while there was speculation that he might quit the BJP and join Congress; the news of him venting his ire over denial of RS ticket was believed to be one of the reasons for calling a press conference in Hubli.
However, Vijay Sankeshwar put to rest all speculations of him joining the Congress or he being upset over denial of a Rajya Sabha ticket.
NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME AND RAJEEV; WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS
Brushing aside any differences between him and Rajeev Chandrashekar, Vijay Sankeshwar – chairman of India’s largest logistics firm VRL Group and is also known for being the owner of the largest fleet of commercial vehicles in India said Rajeev is my ‘good friend’ and that he was neither a rival or aspirant of Rajya Sabha Ticket from Karnataka -BJP.
RAJEEV CHANDRASHEKAR JOINS BJP
By the virtue of its strength in Karnataka, BJP can send 1 Rajya Sabha member. Rajeev Chandrashekar had earlier won as an Independent through the support of BJP and JD (S) respectively.
Incidentally, there was twitter campaign #RajeevBeda to counter his candidature by pro-Kannada groups. Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaih had also ruled out tickets to Sam Pitroda, as he wanted only Kannadigas to enter the upper house. There was no campaign by pro-Kannada groups on B M Farooq – a real estate millionaire being fielded by JD (S) to the Rajya Sabha. B M Farooq is also a non-Kannadiga and known as the ‘ATM of JD (S)’.
NOT AN ASPIRANT; WILL SUPPORT MODI-JI AND BSY: SANKESHWAR
Sankeshwar said “Former Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa had offered me a MLC ticket, even without me asking him “However, i had turned out down the offer politely and courteously citing personal reasons.
“Rajeev Chandrashekar is an excellent choice of the BJP for Rajya Sabha”, he is not only a successful businessman, but also a very good human being”
Before filing his papers for the Rajya Sabha seat, Rajeev visited the Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple to offer his prayers and joined the BJP officially.
I will dedicate my energy to elect Narendra Modi-ji again when elections are due in 2019. I shall also work hard and focus on supporting B.S.Yeddyurappa to become the next Chief Minister of Karnataka, he said.
Rajeev has carried out various developmental works including saving Gubbalala, Sompur and Talaghattapura lakes. He has also played an active role in the rejuvenation of Mestripalya Lake which was reeling under encroachment.