Political activities gain momentum in Kodagu district

Legislative Council election on Dec 18

The election is being held as MLC S G Medappa’s tenure is coming to an end. Medappa was elected after the MLC Arun Machaiah tendered his resignation for the post. Congress-JD(S) candidate Mittu Chengappa was defeated by Medappa. Since Medappa had a tenure of only one-and -half year, the election for the post will be held soon.

December 1 is the last date for filing nominations. On December 2, the nominations will be scrutinised and the nominations can be withdrawn by December 4.
According to KPCC sources, there are as many as 13 aspirants for the post but the party heads are considering only three to four names.

Former minister T John is said to be pressurising the senior leaders of giving him the ticket. Since Mittu Chengappa had lost last year, name of T John, capable candidate to fight election using money power, is being heard in Congress circle. Mittu Chengappa, KPCC Member T P Ramesh, former MLC C S Arun Machaiah, Manu Medappa among others are also the aspirants for the ticket.

Though there are many aspirants for the post from BJP, names of MLC S G Medappa and BJP District President Sunil Subramani are being heard. Meanwhile, name of JD(S) Working Committee President Shanthu Appaiah has been recommended to the party heads. The picture of coalition between Congress-JD(S) are not clear yet and hence nothing can be said at this point of time.

JD(S) had not fielded its own candidate last year and instead supported Congress candidate. It is said that JD(S) is hence asking Congress to support JD(S) candidate this year, possibility of which seems bleak. However, since aim of JD(S) is to defeat BJP, it might end up doing compromises too. BJP will surely try to retain its position this time.

As far as JD(S) is concerned, many feel that though JD(S) can give a fight, it may not win but in such scenario, probability of JD(S) joining hands with Congress is high.
Another important aspect is the problems that could be created by the candidates denied ticket.

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