Everybody hopes to win today

Everybody hopes to win today

Fate of 56 candidates in five constituencies in C'magalur will be known by noon

At the outset none of the candidates are showing their anxiety and are pretending to be confident over their victory. The fate of 56 candidates in five constituencies of the district will be decided at IDSG College in Chikmagalur at 8 am. The fate of minister, sitting MLAs and former MLAs will be out by noon.

The party leaders, workers are busy with their calculations as to who will win with what margin. At a few places, the betting on the ‘winning horse’ has been going on without much funfare.

The result of the Assembly polls will also have its impact on the Parliamentary elections next year. Interestingly, inspite of knowing the fact that only one candidate will win the election, all the candidates have expressed their confidence over their victory.

Chikmagalur BJP candidate C T Ravi who was busy with a meeting with higher education officials said, “I have peace of mind now. I am not under any pressure. I have come to Bangalore to visit my seniors. I have written my exam well. The valuators would have done the valuation properly. Hence, I am confident of victory.”

On the other hand, Congress candidate K S Shanthe Gowda said, “I have written the examination for the first time. However, I am not scared as to what will happen. I had visited Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple on Tuesday morning and have taken part in Nagaralu and Machenahalli temple fair.”

JD(S) candidate Dharme Gowda who has won election from Gram Panchayat to Assembly polls over two dozen times was not available for comment. A close associate of Gowda said that he has been engaged in visiting temples to fresh up his mind.

BJP candidate from Sringeri D N Jeevraj and Congress candidate T D Raje Gowda were busy with the party workers from morning till evening. Jeevraj was busy calculating the votes in the BJP office with the party workers.

After offering special pooja at a temple in Kigga and meeting the party workers in Sringeri, Koppa, Raje Gowda was in Chikmagalur. “My party workers and mysef are confident over victory,” he said.

Kadur JD(S) candidate Y S V Datta said “Let us see what will happen on Wednesday. I am enjoying watching TV and reading newspapers at home.”

Congress candidate from Kadur K B Mallikarjuna said, “I have been meeting party workers since morning. I am confident of victory with a margin of 1,000 to 2,000 votes.”

Mudigere JD(S) candidate B B Ningaiah said, “I am in my constituency and is not worried over the results. The voters have decided to bring in a change in the constituency.”

BJP candidate M P Kumaraswamy said, “I am waiting for the surprise results. I have come to Bangalore to meet Chief Minister.” Congress candidate B N Chandrappa was not available for comment.

Tarikere MLA D S Suresh, who is contesting on KJP ticket said, “It is common to have a keen on the results. The party workers fell that I will win by 8,000 to 10,000 margin.”

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