Vishwa Kundapura

It is ‘Congress versus Congress’ as Srinivas Gowda seeks fourth win

KOLAR: “Kolar still remains a big village,” this remark by the former Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, recently at a private function here serves as a pointer to the backwardness of the district headquarters. Then, one can imagine the condition of other places in the taluk as far as development is concerned.

A parched region, pre-dominantly dependent on rain for agriculture activities, Kolar Assembly constituency, which covers most parts of the taluk, still cries for proper drinking water. The problem is more acute in Kolar town, where drinking water is being supplied through tankers. People are eagerly awaiting the Yergol drinking water project. Depletion of groundwater has worsened the situation. There are no industries in the taluk worth mentioning and the overall literacy rate is 68.8 per cent. Dairying and sericulture are the two other main occupations.

Despite its vicinity to the seat of power and the capital city, Bangalore, the district headquarters has not seen any development. Lack of interest on the part of people’s representatives of the constituency is seen as the major reason for this condition.

Traditionally, this segment has favoured Congress, while occasionally it has returned Janata Parivar candidates.

K. Srinivas Gowda, who won twice on the Janata Parivar ticket and once on the Congress ticket, is seeking election for the fourth term from Kolar.

Despite Mr. Srinivas Gowda’s claims that he had brought many schemes, including the underground drainage project, to the constituency, the people of the region are apparently not satisfied with his performance.

The rebel Congress candidate, R. Varthur Prakash, is focussing on the alleged failure of Mr. Srinivas Gowda who was a member of the dissolved House.

Though the BJP and the Janata Dal (S), besides other parties such as the Bahujan Samaj Party, are in the fray, the real fight is likely to take place between Mr. Srinivas Gowda and Mr. Varthur Prakash.

While Mr. Varthur Prakash is harping on the self-proclaimed social works he has carried out in the area and is expecting the votes of the backward communities and minorities on the basis of his works, Mr. Srinivas Gowda is banking on his achievements as a three-time legislator.

Nisar Ahmed of the Janata Dal (S) and C. Sonne Gowda of the BJP are the two other serious candidates in the constituency among the nine candidates left in the fray.

It seems like a ‘Congress versus Congress’ battle in the constituency as the political heavy weight, Mr. Srinivas Gowda, is fighting his formidable bete noire Mr. Varthur Prakash.