BS Yeddyurappa is Rs 2 Crore Poorer this Assembly Election
There are a number of surprises in the affidavit filed by BJP MP from Shimoga, BS Yeddyurappa. He is BJP’s chief ministerial candidate and is also the party’s state unit president. He filed his nomination papers for his old Assembly constituency of Shikaripura. This is his third attempt at becoming the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
In 2013, Yeddyurappa had floated his own political outfit — the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) after he was thrown out of the BJP and had then contested from the Shikaripura seat. His name surfaced in the mining scam soon after.
Later on, he contested the Lok Sabha elections from Shimoga constituency in 2014 after he returned back to the BJP. His son BY Raghavendra contested from the assembly constituency he thus vacated.
A comparison of the election affidavits that Yeddyurappa had filed in the last three elections – assembly elections of 2013 and 2018 and parliamentary elections of 2014, reveals that not only has this BJP leader has gone poorer in 2018 – declaring lesser assets, but he also has shed most of the criminal cases pending against him.
At one point in time, there was a total of 34 cases against Yeddyurappa – most concerned with the Prevention of Corruption Act. By 2014, that number had got reduced to 16 cases while in the latest affidavit he has mentioned only three cases against him. Among these three pending cases, one is in relation to corruption and includes cases under acts of criminal misconduct, breach of trust, forgery, and cheating, and the two others are in relation to violation of election codes during a by-poll in 2017.
But what has aroused greater curiosity is his reduction in wealth.
In 2014, the total worth of BS Yeddyurappa was Rs 5.8 crore in 2013 and Rs 6.9 crore in 2014, and now in 2018, he has lost more and is worth only Rs 4.09 crore in cumulative assets as declared by him on Thursday.
There has been a decrease in his liabilities also even though the steady fall in his wealth and riches – both immovable and movable properties, has raised interests.
There is also bound to be some talks and debate about his educational qualifications as mentioned in the affidavit.
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Bangalore University was his highest educational qualification as declared by him when he fought for the BJP in 2013. But within a year’s time, his educational qualification got down a notch as he declared that this highest educational qualification was Pre-University College (PUC) — a Class 12 equivalent — from Government College, Mandya as declared by him 2014.
In his 2018 declaration, he has maintained his 2014 declaration of a PUC degree but has added that the concerned college was affiliated to the Mysore University when he had completed the course in 1960-61.
BJP MP B Sreeramulu, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Union Minister Ananth Kumar accompanied Yeddyurappa when he went to file his nomination papers on Thursday. This is the ninth time that Yeddyurappa is fighting elections from the Shikaripura Assembly seat. He had fought eight times between 1983 and 2013 and lost just once in 1999.