Politicking reaches its peak in Mysore on Sunday

Politicking reaches its peak in Mysore on Sunday

All prominent parties slog to woo voters ahead of LS polls on Apr 17

Hectic political activities were witnessed, in the city, on Sunday, with just four days left for the election to the Lok Sabha from Mysore-Kodagu constituency, on April 17.

While sitting MP and Congress candidate A H Vishwanath, who is seeking re-election, hosted a meeting of leaders of minority communities, especially Muslims, a State-level convention of BJP women’s morcha was held at another part of the city.

Janata Dal (Secular) leaders too held a meeting with the leaders of minority communities, targeting Muslims, with their poll partner Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) organising it.

Former MP and BJP leader Tejaswini Ramesh defended Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as he has devoted himself for nation building, after taking permission of his wife Jashodaben.

Addressing women workers of the party, at the State-level convention, Tejaswini fulminated the allegations levelled by the Congress party, portraying Modi as a criminal, just for hiding his marital status.

“According to Hindu Marriage Act, child marriage is not valid. In the case of Modi, Jashodaben consented when Modi wanted to sacrifice his personal life for the cause of the nation,” she added.

Tejaswini said, Modi has nothing to learn from the Congress, where many expose their true colours soon after ascending the seat of power.

Attributing her knowledge about Congress to her 10-year-long association with the party, Tejaswini said, the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre has never had the temerity to ensure the safety of our soldiers.

G S Arpita, wife of Prathapa Simha, BJP candidate for the Lok Sabha election from Mysore-Kodagu constituency, appealed to the voters to take part in the electoral exercise on April 17. Starting from the day (April 17), there will be continuous holidays for three days, that may make professionals plan for a pleasure trip along with their family, she feared.State BJP women’s morcha vice-president Reena Prakash described the polls as a bigger exercise to save the nation.

Congress camp

At the Congress camp, campaigning began early during the day with Vishwanath seeking votes at Vijayanagar. Accompanied by a host of leaders, Vishwanath went around the streets in the vicinity of the central storage reservoir (water tank) in the locality. He met the leaders of Muslim community at Ghousianagar. 

The meeting was attended by Information and Wakf Minister R Roshan Baig, N R MLA Tanveer Sait, former Mayor Ayub Khan and a host of other religious leaders.

‘Mass’ voters

Janata Dal (Secular) leaders made the best use of the Sunday mass at select churches in the city, seeking votes from the people who came for weekly prayers. Dr Subhash, son of JD(S) candidate Chandrashekaraiah, and the party’s legal cell president Ravichandre Gowda campaigned at Wesley Church on Bangalore-Nilgiri road, before proceeding towards other churches in the surrounding.

Later during the day, a meeting was convened by SDPI at Shantinagar attended by the party supremo H D Deve Gowda and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.

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