In poll season, it's raining canteens in Mandya

Eatouts named after politicos hit local hotels hard

In poll season, it's raining canteens in Mandya

Here is some food for thought: Mandya is now home to at least 10 eateries serving highly affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also serve political aspirations of those who have set up these outlets, but not without striking a big blow to the business of local hotels.

The  Congress government's flagship Indira canteen - breakfast for Rs 5, lunch and dinner for Rs 10 - is coming up near Holalu Circle. Two Appaji canteens, run by JD(S) leaders, are making brisk business by serving food costing Rs 5-10. One of them is located in the municipality shopping complex on the Bengaluru-Mysuru national highway and another at Hosahalli Circle.

Two fast-food outlets near the shopping complex have shut shop for now, thanks to the Appaji canteen.

"In the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, a NaMo tea stall came up here. Tea was served free of cost. Our business was hit for the entire one-and-a-half month duration. Soon after the polls, the tea stall disappeared. These canteens will meet the same fate after the elections," quipped Nagaraj, a chaiwala in the municipality shopping complex.

A canteen named after Congress social media head and former Mandya MP Ramya has come up on the District Hospital Road, mostly catering to patients. The Ramya canteen was started by one Raghu and sources said the canteen's rent is paid by the district unit of the Congress. This canteen has forced a couple of fast-food joints nearby to relocate.

'Yeddyurappaji canteen'

BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa's supporters have started the 'Yeddyurappaji canteen,' where any food costs just Rs 5. The outlet will be inaugurated by Yeddyurappa himself on January 19.  

Five women from Guttalu Layout here have started the Janasnehi Mahila canteen, funded by Congress ticket aspirant P Ravikumar Gowda Ganiga, who is also known to be former minister M H Ambareesh's aide. To celebrate his birthday, he started another eponymous canteen at Hosahalli Circle on December 31. "This is social service. I'm doing my bit to support women and create jobs for them," he said.

There is also Appaji canteen (named after thespian Dr Rajkumar), Mahatma Gandhi canteen and Vishnuvardhan canteen, all funded by ticket aspirants from various parties.

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