Staff Correspondent

Janata Dal (S) wins 21 of the 35 seats in the civic body

‘Nobody to lead Congress in the absence of Krishna’

Ambareesh accused of ignoring

party affairs

MYSORE: The Janata Dal (Secular) has ended the supremacy of the Congress in the Mandya City Municipal Council (CMC) by winning 21 of the 35 seats. The Congress, which ruled the city municipal council for nearly 38 years, managed to win only six seats this time.

Congress leaders are now introspecting on where they had erred. Congress workers attributed the dismal performance of the party to the confusion in distribution of ticket and leaders not taking much interest in ensuring the victory of the candidates.

According to them, the Congress was strong in Mandya district till former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna was in active politics. However, after he became the Governor of Maharashtra, there was nobody to lead the party in the district. The party was losing its base in the district slowly.

Because of the confusion in issuing ticket, M.L. Manjunath and Chaluvaiah had contested against the official candidates and won. A few rebels had lost to Janata Dal (S) candidates by a thin margin. “Had they won, the situation would have been different,” a Youth Congress worker said.

Actor and MP Ambareesh, who was instrumental in the victory of party candidates in the previous election, played a major role in the distribution of ticket this time. But he did not campaign for party candidates. This has been attributed as one of the reasons for the party’s poor performance.

Party workers alleged that Mr. Ambareesh was not taking any interest in strengthening the Congress in the district. If he had taken little interest in the election, many of the party candidates would have won, they said.

A Congress leader said that Mr. Ambareesh could have restrained the rebel candidates from contesting in the election. However, he took no interest in convincing them to withdraw from the fray.

The workers said that Minister for Transport N. Chaluvarayaswamy, who was determined to establish control over the CMC, had used all his resources to achieve his goal.