Karnataka election 2018: BJP hopes to ride Sriramulu’s popularity, grab Ballari, Chitradurga

BENGALURU: Once considered a “close aide” of the Ballari Reddy brothers, B Sriramulu has risen quickly up the ranks of the BJP and become indispensable in the party’s scheme of things for the 2018 Karnataka elections.
Brought back into the party fold after breaking away from the BJP in 2013, Sriramulu was given the parliamentary ticket from Ballari in 2014, which he won comfortably.

Today, four years on, Sriramulu has become the BJP’s face to stir up chief minister Siddaramaiah’s Ahinda (Kannada acronym for minorities, OBCs and Dalits) vote bank with his sway over the scheduled tribes in the state. While the young popular leader had built his fiefdom in Ballari district along with the Reddy brothers, Sriramulu was picked by the central leadership to contest from Molakalmuru in the neighbouring district of Chitradurga.

While signs of rebellion have begun surfacing in that constituency, with Sriramulu’s colleague from BSR Congress and sitting MLA S Thippeswamy openly…

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