Staff Correspondent

Such incidents can mar election process: Nanaiah

K.N. Vasanth to contest from Madikeri constituency

Arun Machaiah is JD(S) candidate for Virajpet

Madikeri: The former Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader M.C. Nanaiah on Saturday urged the Election Commission to initiate steps to arrest those perpetrating violence in Bellary and book cases against them.

Bellary should be declared a “disturbed area”, Mr. Nanaiah demanded.

Speaking to presspersons at the Janata Dal (S) office here after announcing the names of the party candidates from Madikeri and Virajpet constituencies — K.N. Vasanth and C.S. Arun Machaiah respectively — Mr. Nanaiah appealed to the State Election Commission to view the incidents in Bellary (attack on the former BJP legislator Anil Lad’s house) seriously.

He alleged that the mining mafia was behind the disturbances. If continued, such incidents could mar the election process in Bellary, he said.

He criticised the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s statements that the Janata Dal (S) would be obliterated after the elections and that he would assume power as the Chief Minister, saying that the language used by Mr. Yeddyurappa spoke of things to come.

People of the State would teach a lesson to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the elections.

Mr. Nanaiah lashed out at the former BJP MLA for Madikeri K.G. Bopaiah, who is now contesting from Virajpet constituency, saying that the election results would speak whether the Janata Dal (S) would exist in Kodagu or Mr. Bopaiah.

Mr. Bopaiah had said during his campaign recently that the Janata Dal (S) was a non-entity in Kodagu.

The Congress and the BJP could not take away the Janata Dal (S) from the minds of people because the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led Government had given the best administration in the State.

Mr. Nanaiah said that he had found out from the recent tour of the State that people would bless the Janata Dal (S). People had reposed faith in the Janata Party and the Janat Dal governments in the 80s and 90s, and were happy with the way Mr. Kumaraswamy had governed the State.


Announcing the names of Mr. Vasanth from Madikeri constituency and Mr. Machaiah from Virajpet, Mr. Nanaiah said he was optimistic that they would win from their respective areas. Every party worker was happy with the selection of the candidates from Kodagu, he said.

The Janata Dal (S) had not issued ticket to members involved in the land mafia or criminal activities. Party candidates were sure to romp home in the elections, he added.

Mr. Vasanth stated that he belonged to farming community, and it was wrong to portray him as a member of the Veerashaiva community.

President of the Kodagu Janata Dal (S) unit A.S. Appaiah and local leaders D.S. Madappa and Liyaqat Ali were present.