Change of party candidate for North-East Graduates' Constituency might create confusion, Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy has said.
Mr. Kumaraswamy told presspersons here on Friday that it was at the instance of local party workers in Gulbarga the candidate was changed. The party had announced High Court advocate Sharanappa Mattur initially and then gave ticket to Sharanabasappa Kadabi, who recently joined Janata Dal (S) from the Bharatiya Janata Party.
On whether such a change would affect the prospects of the official candidate, Mr. Kumaraswamy said: “This might create confusion.”
Mr. Kumaraswamy said his party hoped for a better performance in the 11 constituencies that would go for election on June 10. The party could not be considered a non-entity in the election. He said the party's candidates would be banking on votes of graduates and teachers for whom the BJP had not done anything in its four years of governance. It was JD(S) legislators Puttanna and Basavaraj Horatti, who had been speaking about issues-related to graduates and teachers in the Council. He said the Congress Government did nothing to fill vacancies of teachers. It was under his party's rule 58,000 teachers were appointed.
It was under his rule that the State Government provided financial assistance to those pursuing medical and engineering courses, he claimed.