Kolar sees diverse colours for elections
Party candidates, independents, rebels, convicts are all there in the six constituencies
The variety is interesting, with candidates involved in social work, candidates ‘shunning competition’, scam-tainted candidates, those convicted, ‘outsiders’ as well as present and former legislators contesting the upcoming elections.
The people here have to choose mainly among three parties and one Independent candidate.
District In-charge Minister Varthur Prakash, who won the 2008 elections and expressed support to the BJP is contesting again as an Independent candidate.
K Srinivas Gowda, who lost to Varthur as a Congress candidate, is now having another try on a JD(S) ticket. Both being prominent players on the battlefield, the tussle seemed between only Varthur and Gowda till the Congress decided to step in too, practically pushing in a reluctant MLC Naseer Ahmed as its candidate.
The triangular contest is a clash eyeing Muslims, backward classes and Vokkaligas. A fourth angle is provided in Kolar constituency by BJP candidate M S Anand, a Vokkaliga.
Bangalore resident and Congress candidate V Shankar, JD(S) candidate M Bhaktavatsalam, BJP’s Y Ramakka and RPI’s S Rajendran are the prominent contestants at Kolar Gold Fields this time.
Y Sampangi of the BJP, who was the legislator elected last polls, made way for his mother Y Ramakka, the only predominant female contestant in the entire district during these elections.
Both the Congress and the JD(S) are struggling to get an anchor set in the constituency. Bhaktavatsalam, who was selected as a member of the AIADMK three times had two more instances of contesting, but with the JD(S) ticket. Rajendran, supported last time by unsatisfied Congressmen, is waiting for a new chance to win this time.
Story from ‘the east’
Mulbagal is a constituency famous for rebel candidates. The decision of the Congress high command to retain legislator Amaresh, who has been convicted for his involvement in a land grab case, has led to G Manjunath contesting as rebel and several party members supporting him. Manjunath also is well-known for his social work.
Local leaders of the JD(S) are using the influence of the late Alangur Srinivas over the citizens in the constituency to win votes for the candidate Munianjappa.
In the land of mangoes
While the other constituencies are calculating the number of angles the election-related politics has been taking, the citizens in Srinivaspur are counting the number of rounds of Assembly elections Congress candidate K R Ramesh Kumar and JD(S) candidate and sitting MLA G K Venkatashiva Reddy continue to contest. Both are old horses in the battle, having already fought in seven elections and winning alternately since 1983.
This time, however, the sequence of alternation is expected to be broken, and Holur and Sugatur are the most influential hoblis in the constituency.
Poll and bypoll
M Narayanaswamy, who won the 2011 byelections from Bangarpet, is contesting again as a BJP candidate. K M Narayanaswamy, the Congress candidate who lost out to M Narayanaswamy, is his rival again. JD(S) has put Ramachandra in fray.
Poll tactics have seen the Congress refer to the candidate’s philanthropy and the BJP remind the citizens of the welfare work undertaken by the legislator. Ramachandra, in contrast, is found to have confidence in the mere fact that the JD(S) has given him ticket.
Loss before contest
Two-time winner BJP, without a candidate, has lost Malur constituency well before the onset of the elections this time. Legislator S N Krishnaiah Setty is contesting as an Independent candidate while another Independent, former member of the Zilla Panchayat G E Ramegowda, too is a major contender.
Malur is seeing a tussle between these ‘locals’ and a couple of ‘outsiders’. Kodihalli K S Manjunath of the JD(S) is a native of Hoskote in Bangalore Rural district. An unexpected entrant is Chennakeshava of the Congress, who is from Bilishivale in Bangalore East taluk.
While there is a lot of apprehension of these candidates turning trumps, citizens are also expressing appreciation of the philanthropic work undertaken by Manjunath the last about one year.
The social work and development activities of convicted candidates in Malur, Mulbagal and Kolar Gold Fields are drawing mixed response.
Many BJP members and activists remain supporters of Setty, while in Mulbagal Congress members have rebelled against the decision to give Amaresh the ticket. In Kolar Gold Fields, legislator Y Sampangi is single-handedly campaigning for his mother and BJP candidate Y Ramakka, since many party leaders have kept away.
The elections this time has got an unusual tinge of donations and aid of various sorts. K S Manjunath and G E Ramegowda in Malur, G Manjunath in Mulbagal and K M Narayanaswamy in Bangarpet have all undertaken social work and are hoping it will stand in their favour these elections.