Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: The Kodagu district spokesman of the Bharatiya Janata Party, M.B. Devaiah, said here on Wednesday that the party candidate, S.G. Medappa, had every reason to hope for an emphatic win in the local bodies elections in Kodagu scheduled to be held on December 18.

He was addressing presspersons here. Mr. Medappa, who won the by-elections in October last, had just over one year to serve as MLC. He had visited all gram panchayats, taluk panchayats, the Zilla Panchayat and the urban local bodies to redress the problems of people and usher in development works in a short span of time, Mr. Devaiah said.

Mr. Medappa’s win would enable him to serve a full six-year term in office as he was aware of the problems in the local bodies, he said.

Asked whether all BJP leaders and workers in the district were united on ensuring the party candidate’s victory in the elections, Mr. Devaiah replied in the affirmative. He said differences of opinion did not exist in the party. The BJP rebels, Shuja Kushalappa, Nagaraj and C.P. Gopal, who had filed nomination papers earlier, had withdrawn them and now stood by Mr. Medappa, he added.

When presspersons asked Mr. Devaiah about the “reluctant attitude” of the Madikeri MLA, M.P. Appachu Ranjan, and his brother, M.P. Sunil Subramani, who is the Kodagu BJP president, in extending support to Mr. Medappa, he said that “all is well in the party”.

Referring to the charges made by the Opposition parties that Nazir, a terrorist arrested by the police in connection with the Bangalore bomb blasts, was brought to Kodagu by a former BJP member in the Somwarpet Taluk Panchayat, Mr. Devaiah said the police should arrest that member and interrogate him.

Everyone should sink party affiliations when it came to dealing with anti-national elements, he added. Nazir had stayed at Hosathota near Madapur in Somwarpet taluk in Kodagu from 2006 as a ginger cultivator and disappeared last year.