Dissidence plagues all political parties
A day after the contest to reach as early as possible to file nominations, the district is witnessing a slow start of the candidates and rebels withdrawing their papers.
Discussions are also on among party members who had been denied tickets to decide whom to support. The situation has become especially intense in Mulbagal and Kolar Gold Field constituencies.
Prominent members of various parties have turned rebels already on being tickets, and have also submitted their nomination papers. The party leaders are now carrying the onus of also winning back such candidates in order to keep the chances of the parties still secure.
JD(S) candidate Munianjanappa was the final choice in the constituency, although Adinarayana was going strong earlier. As a result, however, Adinarayana is a rebel candidate of the party.
In the Congress, following the decision to go ahead with Amaresh, regardless of opposition by several members, there are three rebel candidates. G Manjunath, one of the rebels, is supported by the block president of the party, among others. The situation of rebel versus party candidate has raised a sense of curiosity among the citizens on who would finally win the battle.
In both Kolar and Chikkaballapur district many members belonging to the Bovi community in the Congress and the JD(S) have expressed severe disapproval of a Bovi being denied a ticket.
In Srinivaspur, three members of the KJP submitted nomination papers.
In Kolar Gold Fields BJP legislator Y Sampangi’s mother Ramakka has filed papers as the official candidate of the party, while there are three other candidates in the rebel category. Of them, Nagaraj’s papers were rejected on Thursday by the election officers.
V Shankar was declared the official candidate of the Congress in the constituency and he now has to contest against two rebels from the party. KJP, RPI and JDU have two candidates each.
Former legislator A Nagaraju had made desperate attempts to get the Congress ticket for the constituency, but kept away from Malur till the last day to submit the papers. When he finally visited the constituency on Thursday, the official candidate of the party Chennakeshava met and requested Nagaraju to support him. Nagaraju apparently agreed to do so.
In the BJP, however, the situation was much more tense and the senior leaders of the party in the Malur were irked with the continued differences among the members.
The party that ruled in the constituency now has no candidate to field this elections and the leaders apparently blamed legislator Krishnaiah Setty for the negative developments in the BJP. Many members are said to have blamed the party leaders in turn, saying they should learn a lesson from losing out on a chance to win in Malur again.
While the constituency saw no rebel fielding for the elections, there were developments which seemed a little unusual, given the political situation so far.
Independent candidate Varthur Prakash said that after winning the coming elections, he would join hands with other rebels including Krishnaiah Setty in Malur, Dr Sudhakar in Chintamani and G Manjunath in Mulbagal to support the Congress. Efforts would be put in to re-establish the party in the district, added the minister.
DH News Service