Report By Samaah Saleem| Mount Carmel College Student Bengaluru | Last Updated at Nov 23 2019
The disqualified MLA Roshan Baig may end up supporting BJP candidate M Saravana, a former corporator, in the December 5 byelection. The former minister had represented the constituency five times in the Assembly.
He is out of the Congress and wants to join BJP who is taking time to admit him. Roshan Baig did not expect that the BJP might deny him entry into the party. Chief Minister BS Yesdurappa met him in his residence on Monday and promised all the support and necessary accommodation in the party if he comes out clean in the IMA case.
Being a member of the Congress ministry under Siddaramaiah, Baig later distanced himself from senior leaders and expressed his anger by lashing out at Siddaramaiah and KC Venugopal two days before the recent Lok Sabha results. He was among the 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs, who resigned their Assembly membership in order to help the BJP to form the government. The CM has repeatedly said that all of them will be rewarded with ministership if they win in the bypolls.
Baig wants his son Ruman Baig to be his political heir. The Congress Candidate, Rizwan Arshad, has been attempting to build his base in the Bangalore Central Lok Sabha constituency which includes Shivajinagar as well.
He got about 55% of votes in the Shivajinagar Assembly segment, far ahead of Mohan, despite Baig not backing him. The December 5 byelection will prove whether the Congress could exercise the same influence on voters even without Baig.