Vishwa Kundapura

However, the number of reserved constituencies has risen to three

The number of voters in the district is 9,77,949

1,163 polling booths will be set up in six Assembly segments

KOLAR: After delimitation, the Assembly segments in Kolar district have been reduced from seven to six, whereas the number of reserved constituencies has increased from two to three.

The once flourishing and now defunct gold mines gave Kolar district a place in the world map.

Undivided Kolar district, well known for sericulture, horticulture, and dairy industry, had 11 taluks. This was reduced to five when Chickballapur district was created. The Kolar Lok Sabha constituency continues to be reserved for the Scheduled Castes.

Though a drought hit region, farmers here have defied the odds of nature and displayed resilience and a will to work hard.

While dozens of indebted farmers have committed suicide in other parts of the State, the peasants in the region have resolved to struggle come what may.

Optimistic about a solution to their woes, the people of Kolar district are getting ready to elect their representatives once again on May 10.

Vemgal constituency that was entirely rural was eliminated from the electoral map and Bethmangala segment was rechristened Bangarpet constituency.

Mulbagal, earlier a general seat, was made a reserved segment for the Scheduled Castes.

The removal of Vemgal seat and change in status of Mulbagal segment has been a cause of some worry to many political heavyweights of the region.

While C. Krishna Byre Gowda represented Vemgal, the former Minister R. Srinivas was elected from Mulbagal.

Now that since Mulbagal has been converted into a reserved seat, Mr. Srinivas must seek election elsewhere.

Many parts of the erstwhile Vemgal constituency are now merged with the Kolar Assembly segment, while some other areas in Chintamani taluk have been attached to Chintamani constituency.

Kolar, Mulbagal (SC), Srinivaspur, Malur, Kolar Gold Fields (SC) and Bangarpet (SC) are the six Assembly segments in the district.

‘Sensitive segments’

Srinivaspur and Mulbagal have been identified as “sensitive” constituencies.

So far, the Tamil vote bank has played a crucial role in the KGF (SC) constituency. But as several rural areas of Bethmangala, Kyasamballi and Robertsonpet hoblis have been added to this constituency after delimitation, the candidates now have to toil to win over these voters also. Except the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Janata Dal (S), no other party has announced its candidate so far for this segment, which was represented by S. Rajendran of the Republican Party of India in the previous House.

Traditionally a Congress fortress and for quite a long time a prominent Left bastion, Kolar district has a strong Dalit vote base with the undivided district having 32 per cent Dalit population, the largest in the State. Keeping this in mind, the Bahujan Samaj Party is making a bid to jump into the election fray this time, eyeing mainly on Dalit votes.

It is believed that this may damage the prospects of the Congress in the district.

There are 4,95,037 male and 4,82,912 female voters in the district.

In all, 1,163 polling booths will be set up in the six Assembly segments.