The Bharatiya Janata Party appears to have stemmed the “rebellion” in the Krishna Raja Assembly constituency here, a key segment represented by three-time MLA and Minister for Medical Education S.A. Ramdas.
According to party sources, M.D. Parthasarthy, a former councillor, has been convinced against contesting as an Independent against Mr. Ramdas. M.A. Mohan of the BJP told The Hindu here, “Mr. Parthasarathy has agreed to withdraw from the race following a discussion with party leaders. So, there is no rebellion whatsoever in the constituency.”
The former councillor had reportedly blamed Mr. Ramdas for his defeat in the recent elections to the Mysore City Corporation council and began campaigning for the Assembly polls in the constituency.
Given that Mr. Ramdas is aiming for a fourth term and the BJP already faces the prospect of its votes being split with the Karnataka Janata Paksha, the party acted swiftly to persuade the “rebel” candidate before the list of candidates is released.
H.V. Rajeev, once an active BJP leader, has joined the KJP as he had no chance of getting the BJP ticket from the constituency.
The constituency is poised to witness a high stakes battle as the Congress is making a determined bid to wrest the seat from the BJP. M.K. Somashekar, a supporter Congress leader Siddaramaiah, is all set to take on Mr. Ramdas. Mr. Somashekar was elected in 2004 on a Janata Dal (Secular) ticket, but lost in 2008 on the Congress ticket.
The Janata Dal (Secular) may field Vasu, who was earlier in the Congress.
Pollution from the solid waste treatment plant at Vidyaranyapuram in the constituency could be an election issue this time. Residents have complained that pollution from the plant is a serious health hazard and causes an unbearable stench.