Latest to join list is former Union minister and six-time MP Anantkumar Hegde. Yet some like Shobha Karandlaje & Madhavi Latha have managed to get poll tickets.

BJP leaders Nalin Kateel, Pragya Thakur, Anantkumar Hegde & Ramesh Bidhuri have not tickets to contest in the general election | Pic credit: ANI/X/Facebook


New Delhi/Bengaluru: Former Union minister and six-time MP Anantkumar Hegde is the latest among ‘firebrand’ leaders missing from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) list of 407 candidates for the Lok Sabha election.

Known for his fiery speeches, often targeting minorities, Hegde was one of the earliest poster boys of Hindutva in Karnataka. But his style of politics, which gained him notoriety and recognition and even a place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, also led to his downfall. Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri was instead chosen this time for the Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha seat.

Others on this list — or, not in it — are Pragya Thakur from Madhya Pradesh, Parvesh Sahib Singh and Ramesh Bidhuri from Delhi, Prathap Simha and Nalin Kumar Kateel from Karnataka among others who vociferously propagated polarising narratives or courted controversies. 

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