Press Esc to close
Thursday 26 May 2016
News updated at 4:06 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.2°C
Min : 22.8°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Cong, BJP are close contestants

Vijesh Kamath, Bangalore, May 3, 2013, DHNS :
File DH photo

In the Sarvagnanagar Assembly constituency, the minorities have become majority and the vice versa.

Of the 14 candidates in the fray, 13 are from minority communities, while the sole candidate from the majority community is from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Minority communities including Tamil or Malayalam-speaking Christians and Muslims form a huge chunk of the 2.8-lakh electorate in the constituency.

Sitting MLA K J George, a Malayalee Christian settled in the City, is seeking re-election on a developmental plank.

George would have enjoyed the backing of minority votes this time too had not the BJP fielded a corporator who is an experienced politician. It is estimated that 50 per cent of the total voting population is minorities— 36,500 Christians and 36,000 Muslims.

The entry of the BJP candidate into the fray was quite dramatic. Just a week prior to the close of nominations, three time corporator and sitting member of the Kacharakanahalli ward in the BBMP Council Padmanabha Reddy quit the Janata Dal (Secular) to join the BJP.
Reddy was upset that his seniority had been ignored in the JD(S) and the party ticket was given to a political greenhorn Syed Mohid Altaf, who is close to JD(S) leader Zameer Ahmed Khan.

A fuming Reddy joined the saffron brigade which in turn upset local BJP leaders. Three BJP corporators from the constituency - Kodanda Reddy, Govindaraju and Srinivas - opposed his entry. Local BJP leader M N Reddy was aspiring to contest from the constituency.

But unmindful of the protests, Reddy became the BJP candidate, thanks to Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka. In the 2008 polls, Reddy, who had then contested on a JD(S) ticket, had emerged third in the race. Three weeks down the line after the protests, things seems to have settled down for Reddy. He has taken the BJP corporators and workers on his side.

Supporters of Reddy feel a split in minority votes due to the large number of candidates from minority communities in fray can turn the tide in favour of their leader. On his part, George lists out his developmental programmes as his winning card.

These include wider coverage of drinking water supply, improvement of drainage system, opening of community centres, development of parks, issue of possession certificate to the poor, among others.

The Karnataka Janata Party candidate from the constituency is Michael Fernandes, brother of former Union Minister George Fernandes.

He is looking at the votes of the large number of working class electorate employed in various factories. However, Fernandes had taken a long break from electoral politics and is yet to strike a rapport with the electorate.

A straight fight between the Congress and the BJP is on the cards.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Girls cover themselves during a dust storm in mathura on Monday...

Girls cover themselves during a dust storm in mathura on Monday...

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand art to aware people about water scarcity...

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand art to aware people about water scarcity...

English actor Sir Ian McKellen and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan share lighter moments...

English actor Sir Ian McKellen and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan share lighter moments...

A senior Army Officer presents the Sher-e-Kashmir Sword of Honour to a new recruit...

A senior Army Officer presents the Sher-e-Kashmir Sword of Honour to a new recruit...

People watching the air ambulance which crash landed at Kair village in Najafgarh area...

People watching the air ambulance which crash landed at Kair village in Najafgarh area...

Demi Moore poses for photographers as she arrives for The Vogue 100 Gala Dinner...

Demi Moore poses for photographers as she arrives for The Vogue 100 Gala Dinner...

Nuremberg and Frankfurt players jump for the ball during a German first division Bundesliga soccer..

Nuremberg and Frankfurt players jump for the ball during a German first division Bundesliga soccer..

People hang fish to dry on bamboo poles in Mumbai...

People hang fish to dry on bamboo poles in Mumbai...

A cyclist with his daughter pedals his cycle holding an umbrella...

A cyclist with his daughter pedals his cycle holding an umbrella...

An elderly vendor waits for customers of green grass during rains in Srinagar....

An elderly vendor waits for customers of green grass during rains in Srinagar....

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523