Staff Correspondent

Chitradurga: As the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress are yet to reach a consensus on a common candidate to contest the Legislative Council election from the Chitradurga local bodies’ constituency, a triangular fight seems likely as the Bharatiya Janata Party has already entered the fray.

Interestingly, both parties have issues the B form to their respective candidates. While the Congress candidate is Mahaboob Pasha, a relative of the former Union Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief, the JD(S) is fielding B.T. Siddesh, brother of B.T. Chennabasappa, former MLC, who died recently.

The district units of both the parties have taken an adamant stand on fielding their candidates. The former Minister and senior JD(S) leader D. Manjunath has expressed confidence that the State leadership could be convinced not to withdraw the candidature of Mr. Siddesh.

Mr. Siddesh said: “I got the ticket only after being assured by State JD(S) president H.D. Kumaraswamy that my candidature will not be withdrawn under any circumstances.” He said that even if the party asked him to withdraw his candidature, he would not do so. Mr. Pasha, who is also a member of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), also said he was confident that he would not be asked to withdraw. “The party has chosen me to contest, which is why I have filed my nomination and I will contest the election,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP candidate and three-time Congress MLA G.H. Tippareddy, who joined the BJP after losing the last Assembly election, is closely watching the political development. He is well aware that if the JD(S) and Congress field separate candidates, the division of votes will help him.