Shobha Karandlaje to face EC action, first in 2024 LS polls

Shobha Karandlaje, a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka, has found herself embroiled in controversy once again.
Shobha Karandlaje to face EC action, first in 2024 LS polls

Known for her close association with BJP stalwart B S Yediyurappa, Karandlaje has often courted controversy, cementing her place within the party's ranks in Karnataka.

Karandlaje, currently serving as the Member of Parliament from Udupi-Chikmagalur, has been fielded by the BJP for the Bengaluru North constituency in the upcoming elections. This decision came after protests from certain BJP workers who launched a 'Go Back Shobha' campaign.

Recently, Karandlaje made remarks regarding the Rameshwaram Cafe blast in Bengaluru and other incidents, leading to her being booked for alleged violations of the model code of conduct. She criticized the law and order situation in Karnataka, blaming the Congress-led state government for a deteriorating situation. She also made inflammatory remarks, alleging involvement of people from Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Kerala in various crimes.

Karandlaje's comments sparked outrage and criticism from various quarters, including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin and leaders from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). The Madurai police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against her for promoting enmity between different groups.

This is not the first time Karandlaje has faced legal action for her statements. Previously, she was booked for tweeting false information to create unrest after an incident in Uttara Kannada.

Despite the controversies surrounding her, Karandlaje remains a significant figure in Karnataka politics, with her association with B S Yediyurappa and her vocal presence within the BJP.