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Family matters:A.M. Raghu and his wife Rani are contesting from Wooliguli Block II; (right) Nabisa and her son ‘Anna' Sharief are contesting from Block II in Sunticoppa in the gram panchayat elections in Kodagu district.
Family matters:A.M. Raghu and his wife Rani are contesting from Wooliguli Block II; (right) Nabisa and her son ‘Anna' Sharief are contesting from Block II in Sunticoppa in the gram panchayat elections in Kodagu district.

Staff Correspondent

Two couples, a woman and her son in the fray in Sunticoppa

Sunticoppa GP has five blocks from which 20 members will be elected

Nabisa is confident of winning a second time from Block II

SUNTICOPPA (KODAGU District): For some, the forthcoming gram panchayat elections are a family affair.

There are two married couples, besides a woman and her son, contesting the polls from Sunticoppa Gram Panchayat in Somwarpet taluk here, which goes to the polls on May 12.

Forty-nine-year-old Nabisa is confident of winning for the second time from Block II of the Sunticoppa panchayat. She was backed by the Congress in the last elections. Later, as her sympathies were with the Janata Dal (S), the Congress had denied her support, Ms. Nabisa said. She is now contesting as an independent from the general category. Sunticoppa Gram Panchayat has five blocks from which 20 members would be elected.

“Anna” Sharief, her 32-year-old son is contesting from the same ward under the BCM “A” category. “I have been a social worker all along and I am confident of getting votes,” he told The Hindu. He is also the secretary of Kodagu District Daily Wage Labourers' Association.

The story of A.M. Raghu and his wife Rani, who are contesting from Wooliguli Block II under the categories of BCM “A” and BCM “B”, respectively, is slightly different. While Mr. Raghu is seeking election for the fifth successive time, Ms. Rani is standing for the first time, after being asked to withdraw from the fray the last time at the behest of Congress party leaders. Mr. Raghu, who has the support of the Congress, said he was elected from different blocks on the first three occasions and was seeking re-election from the Wooliguli Block II for the second time.

He was backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party when he contested the polls the first time, but was the Congress-backed in the last four elections. Ms. Rani said that she is confident of winning because “I want to serve the people”. There are a total of 1,600 voters in this block.

Rehana Feroz and her husband M.R. Feroz Khan are trying their luck from Block I. . Ms. Rehana, who lost the last elections, is contesting under the BCM “A” group, while Mr. Khan is in the fray from the general category.

“There are 781 votes in this block and I am sure to get a majority of them,” Mr. Khan said.

“My wife will also win because she is an active Stree Shakti Group member and is vice-president of the Somwarpet taluk Stree Shakti Association, Mr. Feroz said.

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