Staff Correspondent

H.V. Krishnaswamy is the party’s candidate for Varuna

Krishnaswamy recently quit as KSFC General Manager

BJP has fielded former DGP L. Revannasiddaiah

MYSORE: The Janata Dal (Secular), which gave the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah a scare during the fiercely fought December 2006 byelection to the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency in Mysore, has now fielded a political greenhorn against him in the newly-created Varuna constituency for the coming Assembly elections.

Relative unknown

Though it was widely expected that the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda would choose a strong candidate against his bete noire Mr. Siddaramaiah to scuttle his chances of re-entering the State Assembly as a Congress candidate, the Janata Dal (S) leadership has surprised everybody by fielding H.V. Krishnaswamy, who recently resigned as General Manager of Karnataka State Financial Corporation (KSFC).

But, Mr. Krishnaswamy was brimming with confidence when he met the media in Mysore on Saturday. Hoping to emerge as a “giant killer”, he said he wished to defeat Mr. Siddaramaiah and represent the newly-created constituency as he was confident that he would be able to serve its people better that the former Deputy Chief Minister.

Though the former Director-General of Police L. Revannasiddaiah is also in the fray as a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate,

Mr. Krishnaswamy considers Mr. Siddaramaiah his main rival.

Mr. Krishnaswamy, who has a Ph.D. degree and was residing in Bangalore till less than a month ago, said he has been associated with the people of Mysore and Mandya region as a KSFC official.

“As an official in KSFC, with postings in Mysore and Mandya, I have been associated in the process of sanctioning industrial loans to the people of the region to the tune of Rs. 200 crore,” he said.

If elected, Mr. Krishnaswamy promised to work towards establishing more industries in the constituency that will go a long in providing “roti, kapda aur makaan” to the people of the region.

Rejected

Janata Dal (S) spokesperson R.G. Narasimha Iyengar rejected suggestions that the party had deliberately fielded a new face in Varuna to avoid a division of anti-Siddaramaiah votes. Mr. Iyengar revealed that the former Minister D.T. Jayakumar was initially asked to contest from Varuna Assembly constituency against Mr. Siddaramaiah.

Request denied

“The party asked Mr. Jayakumar to enter the fray from Varuna as he had himself pompously declared that he would like to contest against Mr. Siddaramaiah earlier. But, after Mr. Siddaramaiah changed his constituency to Varuna, Mr. Jayakumar went back on his word,” Mr. Iyengar said.

Mr. Iyengar said the party had decided to field Mr. Krishnaswamy as he belongs to the Nayaka community. “The decision was also due to pure electoral arithmetic. A substantial chunk of the voters in the constituency belong to the Nayaka community along with other sections that have stood by the Janata Dal (S),” he said.

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