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Is BJP MP Pratap Simha eyeing CM's post in Karnataka?


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Dec 4: With elections fast approaching in Karnataka, BJP is struggling to get a grip on the actions of some of its political leaders. While the open feud between BJP state president Yeddyurappa and Eshwarappa that threatened to push the party into disarray seemed to have settled down, there is something more disturbing happening that may not just rock the state leadership, but even play with the party's future in Karnataka.

The question that is now emerging in political circles is whether Pratap Simha, the firebrand MP of Mysuru and BJP’s young face, eyeing the chief minister’s post in the upcoming elections. Or, whether a group of BJP members, perhaps fed up with the senior leaders, trying to project Pratap Simha as a CM candidate?


Circled in red from L to R: Mahesh Vikram Hegde, Abhishek Singh, Vivek Shetty


Facebook page

As per reports from confidential sources, Pratap Simha and his supporters have started to do something which is not acceptable to the state leadership. There is a page on Facebook ‘I support Pratap Simha’ which has garnered more than 1,05,000 likes and over 110,000 followers, whereas ‘Pratap Simha for CM’ has over 78,000 likes and followers. The link of this page is being secretly passed among the members and non-members who are fans of Pratap Simha.

While there is no evidence that Pratap Simha is handling the page himself, majority of the articles republished on the page is from a website called 'Postcard' which is handled by Vivek Shetty and Mahesh Vikram Hegde. Abhishek Singh who is seen in the above picture is said to be a regular contributor to Postcard news.

Pratap Simha himself posted a photograph in twitter dated on November 13, with the admins of the website Vivek Shetty and Mahesh Vikram Hegde whom he calls his ‘Best Buddies’ and ‘Trend Setters’ on social media.

According to some sources, the team handling 'Postcard' website is handling the pages 'I support Pratap Simha' and 'Pratap Simha for CM’ on Facebook under the patronage of Pratap Simha himself. As the BJP is focusing on youth leadership nationally, Pratap might be trying to take advantage projecting him as a mass youth leader. Any orders of a young party chief or chief minister from the central BJP, and Pratap’s current buildup might just work well for him.


Dissidence among supporters

At the same time, some sources say that majority of the youth workers in BJP are not ready to accept veterans like Yeddyurappa, Jagadish Shettar, Eshwarappa, Ananth Kumar and others as their leaders. Many of these leaders have been to jail and a few have been accused in various corruption cases. Hence, youth members of the party see Pratap Simha as a leader who can lead the party and government. Many of the members confirmed support for their leader through social media and online survey.

According to the latest updates, one set of senior and junior members of the party are upset on these developments. They want Pratap Simha to stop gaining publicity and want him to concentrate on party-building along with the senior leaders. They are against Pratap Simha’s plans of overtaking the senior and experienced leaders. They feel that there are many seniors who have worked for the party from the grass root level and are more eligible for posts of chief minister, party chief and others.


Young blood – need of the hour for BJP

As per some political analysts, the recent controversial comments from Pratap Simha on various issues will only increase the number of young supporters. He knows very well that the national leadership is not happy with the state leaders’ working style and internal feuds. So there is a possibility that the national leadership would change their minds and hand over power to youth. Hence, Pratap and his team are building a kingdom silently with the help of social media.

Only time will tell if the campaign of 'Pratap Simha for CM' will be successful or trigger a revolt in the state BJP. It may even pave way for another group within the BJP, which may perhaps be stronger considering the youth it would attract.

Comment on this article

  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    He is a disaster for democracy.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Now BJP will split into pieces. One piece for Yeddy, other piece for Eishu, another piece for Pratap and one more piece for Ananth. Good luck Congress.

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  • Mahendra Shetty, Mumbai Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    MY VOTE GOES TO PRATAP SIMHA AND ANANTH KUMAR HEGDE..........

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Birds of the same feather.................. As expected.

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  • shabeer Puttur, Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    he is not fit even for a GP Member? then how comes he will be a CM? he is trying to only limelight in front of a BJP Leaders.

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    God save Karnataka if he ever becomes the CM.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Don't worry Satya, this is Karnataka not U.P. or Bihar. Here people look at the candidate qualities and performance and not religion except few illiterate bhakts. Maximum people in Karnataka love to live in peace and go along with people of every religion. Sidhu is hero of Karnataka....no one else. Do you recall last BJP rule where they gave 4 CMs to Karnataka ? Power hungry kichdi rule.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Unfit and arrogant! Got a chance writing hate articles based on religion. won on Modi wave effect.

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  • G M Hegde, Udupi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Even the British had not fiddled with Hanuman Jayanthi celebrations at Hunsur the puja of which is going on since the 18th century, while the present dispensation of Congress in Karnataka for vote bank politics has done so. If it was efficient enough it could have handled celebrations of both comunities without restriction on one at the cost of another.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    "Simha Garjane"

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  • Peter, KSA

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Ayyo Mr. Dubai, that is not 'Simha Garjane'. It is only 'Bekku Garjane'.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    This may be only a day dream when Yeddy and Shoba are still in the race

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Dubai

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Don't count these social media followers or likes.. You can pay 1 lakh rupees to some seo companies and they will create 1 lakh likes and followers....

    Dont judge on social media followers all these gimmicks only worked for NaMo in last elections.. not any more.. All netizens are smart now..!

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Oh, That is why Yeddiyurappa got wild when Simha came late to the bjp function at mysore,Now onwards Shobha will not attend bundh program called by Simha.
    Ananthakuamar hegde and Ananthakumar will bite their tongues silently..

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  • #gaumuktbharath, Kudla

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Merely carrying a surname resembling name of an animal make him no Lion

    Forget CM.... he is not even fit to be a TP member

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  • Sujaya, kaikamba/Ranchi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Such an arrogant and goon action filled person! How can an educated state like Karnataka can propose such a name for the Prominent place?? A leader should be humble with humility, simple, listening and ready to accept consequences for all wrong doings.. The success of a democracy lies in the hands of a strong opposition. Its time for all like minded secular parties to come to a common platform under one theme and work towards making India great again.

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  • cyril mathias, udupi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    An irresponsible individual may dream of becoming the CM of state,but it is bad for all

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  • SK, MANGALORE

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    May be, he was doing stunts recently and got arrested to be in news. until now no one knew much about him

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  • mohd farhan, dubai

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    BJP never com in karnataka only dream

    DisAgree [17] Agree [41] Reply Report Abuse

  • SURESH MAROLI, MANGALORE/BAHRAIN.

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Dream comes true.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    What a great list of BJP MPs in Karnataka Prathap Shima, Aanath Kumar Hedge, Nalin Kumar ,Shoba. All are fit for Bolywood vilan role.

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  • RUDOLPH, MANGALORE

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    IF PRATAP SINHA EYEING ON CM'S POST THEN IT IS NOTHING WRONG IF NALIN KUMAR EYEING ON FOR PM POST OF 2019 .

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  • pradeep, Mangaluru

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Not sinha... Simha Simha... Lion...........

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  • SURESH HEGDE, UAE

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Atleast BJP has some young face what is wrong in it. DYNASTY has to go in India..

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Congress is better off without that type of young face. Does BJP also have dynasty in Varun Gandhi and it should also go?????..

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  • SURESH HEGDE, UAE

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    My stand is clear Dynasty has to go irrespective of party. Then coming to your comment congress has young leader i will name few of them then tell me where is more Dynasty exsist Nehrus daughter Indira, Indiras son Rajiv Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhis son Rahul Gandhi all are congress president. Thank God Rahul is not married. DYNASTY Will end because Rahul is not married.

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  • Raghavendra M K, Mumbai Maharashtra

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    at least he should made CM of kodagu because he making lot of activities there.

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  • Abhi, Kudla

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Ananth Kumar Hegde or Pratap Simha should become CM of the Karnataka.

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  • Mangalore Mirror, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Let him be a proper MP first. The way he behaved with the cops last week shows his qualifications. A person who doesn't respect the law of the land becoming aMP in itself is a big achievement for him. Let him continue with his day dreaming.

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  • SURESH HEGDE, UAE

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    How Siddu behaved with Shankar Bidri in Banglore assembly just go to past them comment.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    People who voted him it's their fault, our people give priority for Daram,Jath and craziness. People don't care about basic facilities, health, good education for their children, well being, peace and harmony in society. Of course it is the result of their choice. Let them enjoy.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    when congress is winning in landslide victory 2 where pratap sinha eying c.m. post. c.m= chai malpere.

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  • Marle, Kudla

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Cha malpere la, Angaidid Kandhd tinpunekla difference undu annere.

    BJP dakulu cha malpuver, avve scamgress nakulu kandhd tinper. Ireg mostly kandhd tinpunakulu ishtand thojundu.

    Read between the lines!

    There is a difference between preparing tea and shoplifting.
    BJP is good in preparing tea whereas scamgress likes to shoplift. I believe you prefer the latter.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Marle, is Chhota Bheem Shah who looted 80 crore overnight is from Khangress ? Is Yeddy, looter of natural resources from Khangress ? Is Reddy, who looted Karnataka from Khangress ? Feeling pity for blind bhakts.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    ponjou nakkulena protest margod gased chai malpuver maarayere. gas baari pirya

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  • Jembar Bappu, Bajpe

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Big joke of this era !!! Yeddy sidelined this guy from Parivarthana Rally !! He wants to be in limelight by any means !!!! Therefore he is frustrated. Next MP election I am sure he will lose initial deposit . If he becomes chief minister of Karnataka then God only knows the fate of the state !!!!!!!

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Its only a Day Deam

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  • santhu birve, Mumbai/Udupi

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Without yeddy BJP cannot form its own governmentin K'tka. Pratap Simha has very good potential being yongest MP but he may get chance only after yeddy.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Yeddyurappa & Shobha will commit ...

    DisAgree [14] Agree [53] Reply Report Abuse

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