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Door-to-door campaigning picks up in Hubli-Dharwad

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar meeting people during his door-to-door campaign at Gokul Road in Hubli on Tuesday.— photo: kiran bakale
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar meeting people during his door-to-door campaign at Gokul Road in Hubli on Tuesday.— photo: kiran bakale

Door-to-door campaigns seem to be the chosen method of campaigning for most candidates to reach out to voters.

Unlike previous elections where public meetings were held regularly, this time, only a few big ones have been scheduled here. As these Assembly elections are being held in a single phase, it is difficult for senior leaders to canvass. Hence, candidates and their supporters are going door to door.

In fact, door-to-door campaigning began in Hubli-Dharwad Central and East Assembly constituencies even before nomination papers were filed. It has only gained momentum in the last few days.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar visited houses in the Hubli-Dharwad Central constituency appealing for votes. He was accompanied by party workers to Prashanth Colony, Dollar Colony, Gokul Road, Bengeri, Gopanakoppa, Vidyanagar and surrounding areas. His wife Shilpa and younger brother Pradeep have already covered several wards in the constituency.

For change

Mr. Shettar’s opponent, Congress candidate Mahesh Nalwad, took his message of change and development to houses in Girani Chawl, Vidyanagar, Timmasagar Temple Main Road and surrounding areas on Tuesday. He was accompanied by councillor Mohan Hiremani and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Rajashekhar Menasinakai, among others.

Shams Tabrez Samsi of the Janata Dal (S) too has intensified his campaign in the constituency. On Tuesday, he too was seen appealing for votes on the basis of H.D. Kumaraswamy’s achievements as Chief Minister. He was accompanied by actor Aishwarya to Keshwapur and surrounding areas.

Hubli-Dharwad (East) Assembly constituency candidates Prasad Abbayya (Congress), Shankarappa Bijawad (Karnataka Janata Paksha), Veerabhadrappa Halaharavi (BJP) and Hanumanthappa Alkod (Janata Dal – Secular) too were busy visiting voters on Tuesday.

Mr. Abbayya visited Kamaripet and surrounding areas, where members of the Somavamsha Sahasrarujun Kshatriya Samaj live, accompanied by samaj leaders Vittal Ladwa and Mohan Baddi, as well as Congress leaders A.M. Hindasageri.

At Badiger Oni, the former councillor Ajjappa Bendigeri canvassed for Mr. Bijawad.

BJP State president Pralhad Joshi canvassed for Mr. Halaharavi at Bammapur Oni. Addressing a meeting of party workers and elders of the locality, Mr. Joshi stressed on the development projects initiated in the city by the BJP.

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