Congress holds roadshow; BJP conducts door-to-door campaign

Congress candidate M C Mohanakumari, accompanied by Minister M B Patil, took out a roadshow at Terakanambi, in the taluk, on Friday. She toured Paramapura, Kaggala, Triambakapura, Mallammahundi, Beratahalli and Lakkuru and sought votes.

She said, the byelections has turned out to be a prestige issue for both the parties. The development works of the late minister and her husband H S Mahadev Prasad speaks volumes. Those who wish for the overall development of the taluk should vote for the Congress, she said.

Minister Patil appealed to the voters to exercise their franchise in favour of Mohanakumari to help her continue the development works of her husband.

BJP
Party candidate C S Niranjan kumar visited villages under Kodasoge, Vaddagere and Bommanahalli Grama Panchayat limits and sought the support of the people. He made a door-to-door visit and asked the people not to get lured by the material promises made by the other party. Niranjan, who is yet to taste victory in Gundlupet Assembly segment,. urged the people to cast their valuable votes for the BJP.

He said, “Despite being defeated twice, I am with the people always, responding to their problems,” he said.

His wife Savitha too was busy campaigning for her husband.

Parties go all out to woo voters
With JD(S) not in the fray, the contest is between Congress and BJP in both constituencies. More so, in Gundlupet, where the contest is between Geetha Mahadev Prasad, who took a plunge into electoral politics following the untimely demise of her husband and former minister, and C S Niranjan Kumar, who is hoping to be a third-time lucky.

The national parties are leaving no stone unturned to ensure their candidates cross the line. Both parties are trying to rope in the members of women self-help groups to campaign for their candidates.

Roadshows are being organised, party leaders are visiting houses of local and community leaders, and are following other methods to ensure their support.

Community and local leaders are invited to meetings organised by the parties to attract voters. There are also reports that a prominent leader of a party had reportedly forced the people attending the meetings to take oath in the name of God that they will support the party.

Both the parties have begun brisk campaigning in the taluk, covering all the villages. There are 32 Grama Panchayats and 184 villages in Gundlupet taluk. Gundlupet will go to poll on April 9. The counting of votes will be done on April 13.

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