Several legislators, MLCs and MPs hail from Bhimasandra

Bhimsamudra, a small village in Chitradurga taluk, which is famous for exporting betel nut and iron ore, has contributed a lot to State and national politics for six decades. Many residents of this village have successfully contested zilla panchayat, State Assembly and Lok Sabah elections over the years.

G.M. Siddesh, Davangere MP, and Giri Jankal, member of the Chitradurga Zilla Panchayat, hail from this village. G.S. Manjunath, father of Mr. Jankal, has secured the Congress ticket to contest from the Chitradurga Assembly segment, albeit after hectic lobbying for several days. Earlier, Mr. Manjunath had unsuccessfully contested the 2004 and 2008 Assembly elections from Holalkere constituency.

In the 1952 Assembly elections, G. Shivrudrappa, father of Mr. Manjunath, won for the first time from the Holalkere Assembly constituency on a Congress ticket. In the 1957 Assembly polls, he was re-elected from the same constituency.

In 1969, B.T. Veerappa from this village successfully contested the taluk board elections. His wife, B.T. Rudramma, too entered politics by contesting zilla panchayat elections and she later became an MLC. B.T. Chennabasappa, who is a relative of Mr. Manjunath, has left an indelible mark on the political history of the village by becoming an MLC for three consecutive terms. In the previous Council elections, B.T. Siddesh, brother of Mr. Channabsappa, lost against G.H. Tippareddy. G. Mallikarjunappa from the same village was a BJP MP from Davangere in 1996 and 1999. After his death, his son G.M. Siddesh successfully contested the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he was re-elected from the same constituency.

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