Firoz Rozindar

‘Party has the support of gram panchayat members in district’

Chitradurga: Although the election to the Legislative Council from the Chitradurga local authorities constituency seems to be a triangular fight, the Janata Dal (Secular) clearly has the edge over the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

It may be recalled that the district units of the Congress and the JD(S) did not in heed the State-level pact between the parties to field common candidates.

As a result, the Congress has given ticket to Mehaboob Pasha, while B.T. Siddesh is the JD(S) candidate.

Riding on the wave of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s success in the Assembly and parliamentary elections, G.H. Tippareddy, who has secured the BJP ticket, is hoping for victory.

The JD(S), which remained in power for two successive terms, is confident of repeating the performance. Sources said that the JD(S) still enjoys the support of members of the gram panchayats in the district, who play a decisive role in the elections.

A three-time MLA, Mr. Tippareddy, who quit the Congress and joined the BJP after losing the last Assembly election to the JD(S) candidate, is trailing behind Mr. Siddesh in popularity.

Though the BJP has no strong base in the local bodies, the rising popularity of the party in Chitradurga and Davangere has boosted the morale of Mr. Tippareddy. The former Congress leader is sure to put a good fight.

Unlike Mr. Siddesh and Mr. Tippareddy, who hail from the district, Mr. Pasha is considered an outsider. Yet the Congress claims that it will emerge victorious because the Chitradurga Zilla Panchayat and Chitradurga Taluk Panchayat are dominated by the party.

Polls

The fate of the three candidates will be sealed on December 18. A total of 4,591 members of nine taluks and 11 Assembly constituencies in Chitradurga and Davangere districts will exercise their franchise.

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