It was an opportunity for voters, on Thursday, to meet candidates contesting from Mandya in the Assembly elections.

Rebel candidate from Janata Dal (Secular) Ashok S.D. Jayaram, Janata Dal(S) candidate M. Srinivas, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate T.L. Ravishankar, Karnataka Janata Paksha candidate D. Venkatesh Achar, Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha candidate Hallegere Shivaram and Social Democratic Party candidate Mohammed Tahir participated in the face-to-face voter interaction programme.

However, Congress candidate M.H. Ambareesh remained absent.

Mr. Srinivas, two-time MLA, promised he would take steps to build a check-dam near Mekedatu, besides initiatives to establish industries across the constituency.

Mr. Jayaram promised to work for the uplift of the deprived community in the constituency, besides taking steps to improve infrastructure facilities.

Mr. Ashok stated that his priority was health, education, employment and rural development.

While Mr. Ravishankar said he would initiate steps to develop the State-owned Mysore Sugar Company Ltd., the Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha promised to develop both Mysugar and the State-run sugar factory, Pandavapura Sahakari Sakkare Kharkane. The KJP candidate promised to initiate steps to invite IT and BT companies to Mandya. Mr. Mohammed said he would develop the entire constituency.

Nearly 300 persons, mainly students, participated. A few young voters expressed displeasure over Mr. Ambareesh not attending the programme.

The voters requested the candidates not to make false promises.


  • Candidates promise check-dam, other development projects

  • Congress candidate Ambareesh’s absence displeases young voters


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