Pride and prestige rules this parliamentary polls

Pride and prestige rules this parliamentary polls

All parties in campaign mode for Udupi-Chikmagalur bypoll

Chikmagalur-Udupi Lok Sabha constituency election, which is believed to be the pre-cursor for the forthcoming Assembly and Parliamentary elections, is being taken as a prestige issue by all the three major political parties-the Congress, the BJP and the JD(S).

While on one hand the Congress is evidently trying to get control over Chikmagalur, which was once considered to be the forte of the party, on the other hand, JD(S), which had won over six Assembly constituencies in 1985 and also won the Lok Sabha constituency in 1996 is trying to re-live this golden era all over again. However, for BJP it is a different ball game. It has its flag flying high in seven Assembly constituencies and has been winning this constituency since the last four times. For the BJP, it is all about restoring this glory. Further what makes winning imperative for BJP in this Parliament election is the fact that Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had made it to the Parliament from this constituency.

All the parties started their political campaign from March 1 and observers say that Congress has been indulging into massive campaigning programmes when compared to the other two parties.

Central Ministers S M Krishna, Mallikarjuna Kharge and others have visited the region for one round of campaigning. Over the last three days, Kharge has camped in Sringeri.

Though BJP has not brought ‘Star’ campaigners so far, the local MLAs and leaders are toiling at the booth levels, campaigning for their candidate. However, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda himself had visited Balehonnur, Aldoor region and motivated the party worker. BJP State President K S Eshwarappa is in Tarikere campaigning for their candidate. Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar, Forest Minister C P Yogeshwar, MP D B Chandregowda have taken up campaigning in Mudigere area. The fact that former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has not visited the area has disheartened the party workers.

JD(S) too has been campaigning relentlessly from the day of announcement of their candidate. JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy has been in the constituency.

Former ministers P G R Sindhia, MP Cheluvarayaswamy, MLA Zameer Ahmed among others have completed one round of campaigning. JD(S) National President H D Devegowda too has plunged in to campaign mode since Thursday.All the political parties have been saying it loud that they will not be playing cast and community based politics.

“We believe in principles and not in cast based politics,” say all the parties. However, all the parties are ‘secular’ enough to send star campaigners of one particular community to region where that particular community has strong hold!