It looks like Udupi MLA Pramod Madhwaraj will join BJP finally. The Fisheries Minister has been missing from Congress activities since last few days. When Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be touring parts of coastal and Malnad Karnataka on Tuesday and Wednesday, Udupi district in-charge minister and MLA Pramod Madhwaraj is not interested in hosting the party leader and has conveyed the same to state Congress leaders.
It is said that Pramod Madhwaraj may join the BJP. It is almost confirmed. Only a miracle can stop him from quitting the party. That’s why he is least bothered about hosting our national president. Shobha Karandlaje, the BJP MP from Udupi Chikmagalur, has persuaded Pramod to join BJP in upcoming Assembly elections.
It is not just Pramod Madhvaraj who is disinterested in Rahul Gandhi’s visit. Senior Congress MLA from Baindoor and chairman of KSRTC Gopal Poojary has also reportedly told the state Congress leaders that he won’t be able to host the party president in Kundapura and Byndoor, both in Udupi district.
“Udupi is a temple town and district headquarters. Is it not surprising that Rahul Gandhi is not visiting Udupi? He is visiting places like Yermal and Kaup on the border of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts, but not travelling further. What does it mean?” BJP’s higher authorities have some files which might cause trouble to the minister’s political career, and those files might force him into long legal battles. To avoid any such embarrassment, Pramod may join BJP,” a Congress worker said.
Pramod is the son of one-time Congress veteran from Udupi Manorama Madhwaraj. She had quit the party to successfully contest in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket. But Pramod had remained in the Congress and had lost two Assembly polls on Congress ticket Siddaramaiah had inducted him into his Cabinet as Sports and Youth Affairs Minister. He is in good books of Siddaramaiah. But all of a sudden if he ignores Congress, then something is wrong.
Pramod has hardly criticised the BJP party or leaders, specially Udupi MP Shobha Karandlaje who is a fierce attacker of the Congress. Though Shobha has attacked CM Siddaramaiah and the Congress almost every day, Pramod has not spoken a single word against Shobha nor even defended his party.
Pramod ignored top Congress leaders including the CM and party president Rahul Gandhi and even the Congress symbol in his election publicity vehicle. He has featured only himself, keeping away party politics.
It is alleged that Pramod Madhwaraj will join BJP on March 20 or March 21. We will now have to wait and see.