Ismail Tamatagar, Janata Dal (Secular) candidate in Hubli-Dharwad West Assembly constituency, has expressed confidence of winning the elections.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Tamatagar said the results would be surprising this time as people would elect a new and young face. He said that in the 2008 elections, he got 14,200 votes despite the pro-Bharatiya Janata Party and anti-JD(S) wave in north Karnataka. Similarly, people were fed up with the Congress as its candidate, S.R. Morey, had failed to live up to the expectations of the people.

Mr. Tamatagar said Chandrakant Bellad, MLA, had done nothing for the constituency in last five years except expanding his business. Even the Lingayat community to which Mr. Bellad belongs was disappointed with him, Mr. Tamatagar said.

Accusing Mr. Morey of misleading people, he said the members of the minority community should note that Mr. Morey had played a role in strengthening the BJP here. Whenever Mr. Morey was denied the Congress ticket, he would join hands with Mr. Bellad to ensure the BJP’s victory, he said. Mr. Tamatagar sought support from all communities and said that people would support him irrespective of caste and creed. He said that if elected, his priority would be to complete the supermarket project and provide employment to 10,000 people.