Come decide the fate of 17 candidates

Come decide the fate of 17 candidates

While Simha was telecampaigning, JD(S) workers went door-to-door for votes

Sitting MP A H Vishwanath from Congress, columnist Prathap Simha from BJP, former upa lokayukta Chandrashekaraiah from Janata Dal (Secular), M V Padmamma from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and S P Mahadevappa from Janata Dal (United) are prominent among the total of 15 candidates in the fray for the elections to Lok Sabha from Mysore-Kodagu constituency, on April 17.

Similarly, BSP has fielded C Mohan Kumar, while D S Nirvanappa is contesting on the ticket of CPI (ML) Red Star. Rathi Poovaiah is the candidate of Karunadu Party. Besides there are seven independents.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, for whom it is the test of might once again, is camping in the city. Siddaramaiah who had gone to Chikkamagalur on Tuesday, went to Bangalore later. He arrived at Mysore Airport at Mandakalli in a special flight, on Wednesday morning. According to the sources, Siddaramaiah who is scheduled to cast his vote at his native Siddaramanahundi in Varuna Assembly constituency, on Thursday, will return to Bangalore the same day.

Vishwanath who is slogging hard to retain his seat continued with his campaigning on the poll eve on Wednesday too, busy meeting factory workers at Hebbal Industrial Area. He also held a meeting of the minority leaders from Muslim and Christian communities at Rajiv Nagar. Earlier to this he also campaigned at Shadalli and Ekalavyanagar. He sought votes to further strengthen United Progressive Alliance (UPA). 

Telecampaigning

Simha took part in a tele campaigning at the party office in Nazarbad, busy calling the select people explaining them about the necessity of elevating the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to the key post.

The JD(S) party workers continued with their door-to-door campaign, led by their candidate Chandrashekaraiah. 

Security arrangements

In the city alone, 806 polling booths will be set up mainly of Krishnaraja, Chamaraja and Narasimharaja Assembly constituencies, folowed by the parts of Chamundeshwari and Varuna constituencies. Among them, 222 booths are considered as hyper-sensitive (including 64 micro hyper sensitive), 312 sensitive and 272 normal booths.

To ensure fearless participation in the electoral exercise, police have made adequate security arrangements deploying nearly 2,000 police personnel. The city has been divided into 68 sectors and each sector includes 10 to 12 polling booths, with mobile squad taking stock of the situation in each sectors, both on the eve and polling day.

The security forces include 1,514 personnel drawn from the city police, followed by three platoons of para-military force, three platoons of the armed commandos from city, two platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) force and 20 companied of city armed reserve (CAR) police force. 

The video mobile squad of the district electoral office will be working in tandem with the police, helping keep a tab on the law and order situation in the constituency. It includes 25 mobile teams of videographers and 14 supervising teams of officials.

Mustering process was conducted on Wednesday, with men and materials dispatched to designated places. For Krishnaraja Assembly constituency, mustering was held at JSS Women’s College in Saraswatipuram, Maharaja’s Junior College for Chamaraja constituency, Baden Powel School for Narasimharaja and Government People’s Park PU College for Chamundeshwari.

At Hunsur, mustering was held at St Joseph’s School, while it was Pushpa Convent at Periyapatna, followed by St Joseph Convent, Madikeri and Junior College at Virajpet.

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