SDPI to contest in Assembly polls in Kodagu

For the first time in Kodagu district, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has decided to field its candidates in two constituencies.

The party has announced SDPI District Unit President Fazalulla as the candidate for Madikeri constituency and District Committee member Usman Suntikoppa as the candidate for Virajpet constituency. The SDPI is fielding its candidates with a hope of garnering the votes of dalits, members of backward and minority communities.

 The decision was taken at the party workers’ meet convened in Madikeri city recently. At the meeting, leaders and workers felt the need to actively take part in the election in order to secure the secular votes, SDPI Madikeri Unit President Nooruddin told Deccan Herald.

Five wards

It could be recalled that the party had fielded its candidates in five wards in the poll held for Kushalnagar Town Panchayat recently.

Though the candidates could not win in the TP election, a couple of them secured more number of votes than JD(S), BSR Congress and KJP candidates. SDPI candidate Latha who had contested from ward no 2 (SC/ST reserved) had secured 102 votes, while the JD(S) candidate had polled 57 votes and BJP candidate 184 votes.

In ward no 3 (general) Mohammad Shafi contested from the SDPI and secured 52 votes. The JD(S) candidate had 34, KJP 2 and BSR Congress candidate had secured one vote in the election.

In ward no 7 (general), SDPI candidate Gaffar Baig had secured 22 votes and K B Raju who had contested from ward no 8 (SC/ST reserved) had secured 19 votes.


SDPI candidate Reshma in ward no 9 had (women reserved) obtained 16 votes, while the JD(S) candidate had won with 197 votes, followed by the BJP candidate with 104 votes and Congress candidate with 98 votes.

Divided votes

With the entry of the SDPI in the Assembly elections, political analysts feel that there will be a division of secular votes in the district.

If the voters belonging to dalit, backward and minority communities, who were normally the supporters of the Congress, shift their votes to the SDPI, then it would come as a blessing in disguise to the right wing parties.

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