People in the Koppal Assembly constituency, where a bypoll is scheduled on September 26, seem to be tilting towards the Bharatiya Janata Party even as leaders of the BJP, Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), camping here in large numbers, have been campaigning hard.

The bypoll was necessitated after Karadi Sanganna, who won the seat on the JD(S) ticket in 2008, resigned in March.

This time, Mr. Sanganna is in the fray as a BJP candidate. The Congress has fielded K. Basavaraj Hitnal, former MLA, while Pradeep Gowda Malipatil is contesting as the JD(S) candidate.

Straight fight

It appears to be a straight fight between the BJP and the Congress. However, the JD(S), which has considerable clout in the constituency, has also been trying to retain its supremacy.

A quick round of a few villages in the constituency by this correspondent on Wednesday revealed that a majority of the voters were in favour of Mr. Sanganna, considering the efforts he made for the development of remote villages.

Short term

However, many are also of the opinion that Mr. Sanganna may not be able to bring much change as the term will be short.

Basavaraj Hoogar, a flower vendor in Ginigera village, said that while none of the legislators in the past had done anything to improve facilities in this backward constituency, Mr. Sanganna had managed to bring considerable funds from the Government for the development of the constituency.


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