With only five days remaining for the Bellary Rural Assembly byelection, the major political parties have intensified their campaign.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which is treating the bypoll as a prestige issue, has asked many of its Ministers and veteran leaders to campaign in the constituency.
The Congress, which wants to wrest the seat from the BJP, has launched a brisk campaign. Several veteran leaders are visiting every nook and corner of the constituency and seeking votes for their candidate.
B. Sriramulu, who is fighting a lone battle, of course with the support of a couple of BJP MLAs and MPs, has so far toured 60 villages. He is now covering the Cowl Bazaar area here, which forms part of the constituency.
K.S. Eshwarappa, president of the State unit of BJP, along with the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, is camping here and leading the campaign. Venkaiah Naidu, Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, M.P. Renukacharya, Varthur Prakash, Suresh Kumar, Murgesh Nirani, C.M. Udasi and several other leaders and Ministers are also campaigning here. Veteran Congress leaders including Siddaramaiah, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly; Motamma, Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Council; G. Parameshwara, president of the KPCC; A.H. Vishwanath; D.K. Shivakumar; Anil Lad; Santosh Lad; M. Diwakar Babu; H.K. Patil; and others are also campaigning. On Friday, Oscar Fernandes and B.K. Hariprasad were leading the electioneering.