Council poll: Sitting MLC may have better chances of winning
The fate of nine final candidates including three from Congress, BJP and JD(S), contesting for the Council poll from the South East Teachers’ Constituency, will be sealed on Sunday.
The constituency has 4,100 voters, who are spread across five districts of Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Chikkaballapur and Kolar.
Y A Narayanaswamy of BJP who is the sitting legislator, R Chouda Reddy of JDS and K B Ramalingappa of Congress have their party’s full support. Except Ramalingappa, the other two candidates are from Kolar district.
All the three partys have made elaborate plans to win the election. Many politicians from ruling BJP have campaigned for the party candidate. From JD(S) side, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and other senior leaders have visited the district.
However, only Congress has lagged behind in the campaign. Independent candidates, Puttasidda Shetty, P R Basavaraj and Soubhagya have also taken up campaign.
It can be recalled that wrist watchs were distributed to evaluators during the SSLC examinations by the supporters of Soubhagya.
Narayanaswamy and R Chouda Reddy have been campaigning in the guise of a teachers’ conference. The party members too were involved in campaigning for quite some time. It is learnt that sitting MLC Narayanaswamy, who also belongs to the ruling BJP might have a upper hand in the election.
However, the candidates from the other two partys have highlighted the rampant corruption in BJP-led government to seek votes. They have also fielded independent candidates to divide the votes.
One has to wait and see as who will be elected by the
Electoral ‘goodies’ seized
A team of police have seized a vehicle carrying cloths including sarees and stationary to be distributed to woo the electorates for the Council poll from the South East Teachers’ Constituency.
This material was allegedly distributed by B E Soubhagya, an independent candidate. Tipped off, the police under the leadership of Tahsildar Muniveerappa, raided the vehicle near Pallavi talkies around 8 pm.
Police said that the candidate was not present on the spot.
Meanwhile a teacher who did not wanted to be named said that JD(S) candidate Chowdareddy’s supporters had distributed wrist watches and silver cups whereas supporters of BJP candidate Y A Narayanaswamy had distributed silver statues of Ganesha.