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Party discusses strategies for the coming civic body elections

BJP can align with JD(S): Eshwarappa

Bahujan Samaj Party to go it alone

MYSORE: Congress leaders and party ticket aspirants here have become pro-active following the announcement of elections to the Mysore City Corporation council (MCC).

At a hurriedly convened meeting in the residence of AICC member and former Mayor Vasu on Tuesday, they discussed strategies for the coming elections.

However, sources in the Congress said that participants, including former mayors, corporators and board chairpersons, made it clear that those who had been serving the party since many years should be given ticket.

Meeting

Leaders and workers of all block committees took part in the meeting though it was meant for workers of the Chamaraja Assembly constituency.

However, not many supporters of former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is now with the Congress, attended the meeting. Only a few of them, including former Mayor Maniraju, were present. Even supporters of former Union Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, who joined the party recently, were not present in big numbers.

A Congress leader told The Hindu that many leaders argued that 85 per cent of ticket should be given to those who had been serving the party since many years.

Confidence

“All party workers should be taken into confidence without hurting their morale and giving room for differences. Accordingly, ticket should be distributed to ensure tough fight to the opposition parties,” the participants said.

Sources said that some of the participants felt that City Congress District Committee president C. Dase Gowda had “failed to take party workers into confidence, thereby affecting their morale.” They said Mr. Dase Gowda convened a meeting of his supporters at the residence of a prominent Congress leader here recently without extending invitation to all party workers and leaders.

“It is not necessary to attach special meaning to the absence of some party leaders and workers. Efforts will be made to protect the rights of workers who have been striving for the party’s growth since many years,” Mr. Vasu said.

The sources said that Mr. Dase Gowda was not invited to the meeting.

In the run up to the MCC elections, the meeting, according to sources, was convened to counter the “importance” attached to the supporters of Mr. Siddaramaiah.

BJP meeting

Meanwhile, the BJP had organised a preparatory meeting here in view of the coming elections to the MCC. Minister for Water Resources K.S. Eshwarappa addressed party functionaries and aspirants at the meeting which was attended by MP C.H. Vijayashankar, MLA H.S. Shankaralinge Gowda and others.

Mr. Eshwarappa said the local BJP unit could align with the Janata Dal (Secular) for the elections although he was against an understanding with the coalition partner.

Mandate

“Seek the mandate placing before the achievements of the coalition Government. The BJP and JD(S) are equally responsible for the Government’s achievements,” he argued.

“The focus should be on working for the victory of the candidates,” he told the meeting.

Strategies

A meeting of presidents of all blocks would be convened on September 12 or 13 to discuss strategies for the elections, he said.

Meanwhile, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced here on Wednesday that it would contest from all the 65 wards.

The party made it clear that it would go it alone in the elections.

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