B J Puttaswamy, who served as political secretary to the chief minister when Yeddyurappa was at the helm and continued in his post under his successor D V Sadananda Gowda, filed his nomination papers. "I have filed nomination as a third candidate (of the BJP)", he told the media.
Asked if he filed the papers on the direction of the party, Puttaswamy, a staunch Yeddyurappa loyalist, said, "That I don't know. More than the party's decision, I have filed the nomination as a third candidate as per law with signature of ten people (MLAs)."
On whether he filed papers at the behest of Yeddyurappa, he said, "I am not saying that." On whether he has produced B-form from the party, he claimed that he has time till Tuesday do that.
Along with the nomination, he said he attached the "acknowledgement" of his resignation letter from the post of political secretary to chief minister. Earlier on Monday, BJP state unit President K S Eshwarappa announced the two candidates of the party -- Basavaraj Patil Sedam and R Ramakrishna -- for the March 30 poll.
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