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Doctor MLAs, the speciality of this constituency

Sreekantswamy B, Mysore, May 9, 2013, DHNS : 2:34 IST

Mahadevappa had made a come back as a doctor

 One of the oldest constituencies that is gearing up for the 14th Assembly elections, T Narsipur has the credit of having MBBS graduates as legislators. Earlier, it was the stronghold of M Rajashekaramurthy of the Congress party, who had represented the constituency four times.

Ever since the maiden elections held in the year 1952, when it was reserved for general category, Congress party has held the reigns here five times. It’s also a highest ever by a party in the segment. However, it was a little-known Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party (KMPP) that opened the account here in the first ever polls to the Assembly.

S Srinivasa Iyengar of KMPP who could get 10,057 votes against T P Boraiah of Indian National Congress (INC) had to be content for second slot gaining 8,607 votes. In the following year 1957, M Rajashekaramurthy was the INC nominee who wrested the seat gaining 14,028 votes against S Srinivasa Iyengar of Praja Socialist Party (PSP). 

Hat-trick

Prior to T Narsipur, Rajashekaramurthy had represented Yalandur, a dual member constituency. Rajashekaramurthy secured a hat-trick, winning subsequent polls in 1962 and 67 at T Narsipur. In the changed circumstances, owing to division of Congress party, Congress (O) a rival faction of Indira Gandhi saw the rise.

It was also called ‘samstha Congress’. Murthy as a nominee of Congress (O) won the elections of 1972 too against INC’s K Kempeeregowda.

However, the following year saw the change in reservation to scheduled caste (SC). It was also the elections that saw the defeat of V Sreenivasa Prasad (now Congress MLA from Nanjangud) as Janata Paksha (JP) nominee against INC (Indira) candidate Venkataramana. The JP succeeded in avenging the previous defeat, wresting the seat from Congress in 1983. V Vasudeva of the party defeated Venkataramana in the polls.

H C Mahadevappa, the incumbent Congress MLA made his debut in the year 1985, but as a JP candidate. He could taste success too defeating Congress’ Puttabasavaiah.
Mahadevappa lost to Congress in the polls of 1989. Though Mahadevappa made a come back winning the polls of 1994 as Janata Dal (JD) nominee, he had to lose to Dr N L Bharathishankar of BJP in the year 1999.

For the first time, BJP had made in roads into Congress and Janata parivar bastion. In the following elections, Mahadevappa was armed with MBBS degree prefixed ‘Dr’ to his name, and luck too favoured him. He had a straight win in the following elections, but from different parties. In 2004, he contested on Janata Dal (Secular) ticket and 2008 from Congress. He was one among the several legislators who followed Siddaramaiah from JD(S) into Congress. Now, Mahadevappa is awaiting his hat-trick win, the record held till date by Rajashekaramurthy.

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