Mysureans Siddaramaiah, Mahadevappa may not be best of friends any more

Mysureans Siddaramaiah, Mahadevappa may not be best of friends any more

If the uncertainity he is facing in Chamundeshwari constituency was not enough, there are speculations that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's trusted lieutenant Public Works Minister H C Mahadevappa has turned hostile to him.

"Since the closed-door meeting on March 30 at a private resort, Siddaramaiah and Mahadevappa have not been seen together in public programmes," said a senior Congress leader.

According to sources close to Mahadevappa, he is unhappy as Siddaramaiah is lobbying for the Congress ticket for his son Dr Yathindra from Varuna constituency, while he has not taken any initiative to get a ticket for Sunil Bose (Mahadevappa's son) from T Narsipur.

"Mahadevappa represents T Narsipur at present. But, he wants Bose to inherit T Narsipur, while he looks for a safe constituency elsewhere. Bose was a ticket aspirant in the Nanjangud bypoll last year. However, Siddaramaiah had his way and chose his JD(S)-days associate Kalale Keshavamurthy over Bose.

"Besides, Mahadevappa was given the responsibility of ensuring the victory of Keshavamurthy in the bypoll, in which former minister Srinivas Prasad contested on the BJP ticket," he said.

"Like Siddaramaiah had high aspirations for his son Rakesh, who died a premature death in 2016, Mahadevappa hopes to see Bose as a successful politician. Since the death of Rakesh, Siddaramaiah has been grooming Yathindra. In fact, Rakesh and Bose were on good terms and together wielded considerable clout in the district. Bose is an accused in an illegal sand transportation case," said a close associate of
Mahadevappa.

Over the past fortnight, Siddaramaiah campaigned in Chamundeshwari constituency on at least six days. But, Mahadevappa was not seen anywhere near him.

"Even on Friday, when Siddaramaiah met Suttur seer Shivaratri Deshikendra Swami, only MLA M K Somasekhar accompanied him. The effects of the soured relationship will be felt in Chamundeshwari and Varuna constituencies. So, Siddaramaiah is worried," said a source close to the chief minister.

 

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