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SDPI to contest for Assembly polls in Kodagu district

Shrikanth Kallammanavar, Madikeri, April 8, 2013, DHNS: 0:03 IST

They hope to garner votes of Dalits, minorities and backward classes

For the first time in Kodagu district, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has decided to field its candidates in two constituencies and try its luck.

The party has announced SDPI District Unit President Fazalulla as the candidate for Madikeri constituency and District Committee member Usman Suntikoppa as the candidate for Virajpet constituency. The SDPI is fielding its candidates with a hope of garnering the votes of Dalits, members of backward and minority communities. The decision was taken at the party workers’ meet convened in Madikeri city recently. At the meeting, leaders and workers felt the need to actively take part in the election in order to secure the secular votes, SDPI Madikeri Unit President Nooruddin told Deccan Herald.

It could be recalled that the party had fielded its candidates in five wards in the poll held for Kushalnagar Town Panchayat recently. Though the candidates could not win in the TP election, a couple of them secured more number of votes than JD(S), BSR Congress and KJP candidates. SDPI candidate Latha who had contested from ward no 2 (SC/ST reserved) had secured 102 votes, while the JD(S) candidate had polled 57 votes and BJP candidate 184 votes.

In ward no 3 (general) Mohammad Shafi contested from the SDPI and secured 52 votes. The JD(S) candidate had 34, KJP 2 and BSR Congress candidate had secured one vote in the election. In ward no 7 (general), SDPI candidate Gaffar Beig had secured 22 votes and K B Raju who had contested from ward no 8 (SC/ST reserved) had secured 19 votes.
SDPI candidate Reshma in ward no 9 had (women reserved) had obtained 16 votes, while the JD(S) candidate had won with 197 votes, followed by the BJP candidate with 104 votes and Congress candidate with 98 votes.

With the entry of the SDPI in assembly elections, political analysts feel that there will be a division of secular votes in the district.

If, the voters belonging to Dalit, backward and minority communities, who were normally the supporters of the Congress, shift their votes to the SDPI, then it would be a blessing in disguise to the right wing parties.

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