D.K. Kishan Rao
BJP leaders not in a serious mood to fight the elections in Raichur district
Congress striving to capture power in Raichur CMC
Janata Dal (S) a major force in certain pockets
Raichur: Except in the Raichur City Municipal Council, the Congress emerged victorious in the other civic bodies in the district in the previous elections. It is now doing its best to capture power in the Raichur City Municipal Council also where the Janata Dal (Secular) has a grip over a majority of wards.
In the previous elections, apart from proving its majority in the four town municipal councils and one town panchayat, it won 11 seats out of 35 in the Raichur City Municipal Council. However, it lost its chance to rule owing to a large-scale defection.
The former city Congress president, M. Eranna, who won in the previous civic body elections, left the party to join the Janata Dal (S) and become the president of the Raichur City Municipal Council with the support of some Congress members and independents reducing the number of the Congress councillors to five in the 35-member council. Later, on a rotation in reservation, he became vice-president and in the subsequent rotation, he again became president till the last tenure recently.
During this period, the Congress lost its hold over the Raichur City Municipal Council and even failed to act as an Opposition party. Now the Janata Dal (S) has grown into a major political force in certain pockets in Raichur city posing a threat to the hegemony of the Congress.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which had a meagre strength of four in the City Municipal Council, has found it difficult to select candidates for the elections. It has limited its fight to only 19 wards and is extending support to 10 independents in several wards in Raichur city.
Although only four days are left for polling, senior leaders of political parties have not arrived for campaigning.
However, the contesting candidates from the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) launched campaigning last week. It is expected that Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa may visit Sindhanur, Manvi and Raichur on Tuesday as part of his election campaign. However, there are no signs of senior Congress and Janata Dal (S) leaders visiting the district.
The Congress and the Janata Dal (S) are facing the problem of rebellion in many wards in Raichur city owing to the denial of party ticket to aspirants. BJP MLA A. Papa Reddy has taken a lead in the campaign in the city, albeit in only some wards.
It seems that the BJP leaders are not in a serious mood in fighting the elections in the district as the it is going to be a direct fight between the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) in a majority of the civic bodies in the district.