MCC bypoll: Ex-corporators, kin of key leaders lobby for ticket

MCC bypoll: Ex-corporators, kin of key leaders lobby for ticket

With just 20 days left for the by-election to ward number 15 of the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) scheduled for December 5, ticket aspirants are involved in hectic lobbying.

While the ruling Congress party, in the State, has been flooded with ticket seekers, the situation is no different in the BJP. In Janata Dal (Secular), the candidate has been almost finalised, with the leaders considering to field the same candidate, who had contested the polls earlier.

The by-polls has been necessitated due to the resignation of Congress Corporator Manjula Manasa, upon her nomination to the Karnataka State Women’s Commission as chairperson, in June. The ward is reserved for general category (woman).

According to sources, there are at least 10 aspirants in the Congress and the numbers are growing with every passing day.

Though the leaders are tight-lipped about the candidate, the name of Kaushalya Ramesh, wife of advocate Ramesh, a staunch supporter of Krishnaraja MLA M K Somashekar is making the rounds. She is a political novice. But, it wouldn’t be a surprise, if she got the ticket, owing to her husband’s proximity to top leaders.


In the BJP, there are about 13 aspirants and the prominent are former corporators Sunanda Phalanetra and Yamuna; Kamalakshi, wife of environmentalist M S Satyananda Vittu.

Sunanda Phalanetra had represented the same ward twice earlier, before losing it to Manjula Manasa in the previous election, as a KJP candidate. Yamuna had earlier represented ward seven (which became ward four after delimitation). She is the sister-in-law of former corporator M D Parthasarathi.

In JD(S), Lakshmi Ganesh, who had finished third in the previous election, is most likely to be pitted again.

President of Mysore District (City) Congress Committee C Dasegowda said, applications have been invited from ticket aspirants through the K R Block Congress Committee.
“The winnable candidate among them will be finalised in a day or two,” he said.
A meeting has been convened by the BJP at a private hotel on Monday (November 17) to seek the opinion of the workers, before zeroing in on a candidate.


The ward is split under two Assembly constituencies — Krishnaraja and Chamundeshwari. However, most of the localities come under the former. It is spread over the parts of Kuvempunagar ‘M’ Block, Vivekananda Nagar, parts of Ramakrishna Nagar ‘H’ Block and EWS Colony near Government First Grade College. There are a total of 10,700 voters, with the numbers expected to go up by another few hundreds, owing to the ongoing revision of voters’ list. Backward classes account for 3,000 voters, followed by Brahmins-2,500 and Dalits-1,500.
DH News Service