Belagavi: Industrialist Lakhan Jarkiholi the youngest among the Jarkiholi brothers pushed aside the rumours that he would join BJP and contest from Bellary against MP VS Ugrappa.

Putting down a cover on the rumours, he said he is hailing from Congress and will remain in the party. ” If so, I would have joined BJP and contested against my minister brother Satish Jarkiholi from Yamakanamaradi constituency and won the election. I’m a strong follower of Siddharamaiah and not take any step without his consent, ” he said.

Since Jarkiholi family has good contact with Bellary and Raichur district which are dominated their Nayak community, BJP was intentionally spreading such baseless rumours. Jarkiholi said If wished he would have contested from Belagavi constituency and there was no need to find a political base in other places.