Five women stake claim as party looks set to retain control of ZP

Lobbying for the post of president of the Bellary Zilla Panchayat (ZP) has begun in the Bharatiya Janata Party as the party looks set to retain control of the zilla panchayat for a second successive term.

The post of president has been reserved for the general category (woman), while the post of vice-president has been reserved for a candidate from the Other Backward Classes (B).

P. Chennabasavanagouda who won from Gajapur in Kudligi taluk is likely to be the vice-president as his is the only seat reserved under this category.

However, there are several eligible candidates for the president's post.

Nine eligible

Of the nine women elected to the ZP on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket, four — Gayatri, Mamta, Kogli Rathnamma and Aruna Thippareddy — have won from general seats. However, as the post comes under the general category, all nine women are eligible. At present, only five candidates have staked claim — the four general candidates and Savitramma, who won from Gudekote in Kudligi taluk for the second successive term.

The aspirants and their supporters have been attempting to impress upon party leaders G. Janardhan Reddy and B. Sriramulu, among others, to choose them. There has been pressure from party loyalists from Kudligi taluk to pick a senior member, Ms. Savitramma, for the position.

Sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party informed The Hindu that all permutations and combinations were being looked into. Factors such as ability and family loyalty to the party were being considered, they said.

No action yet

Meanwhile, the Congress is yet to initiate action against Nagarathnamma, who won on a Congress ticket from Halekote in Siruguppa taluk, but switched support to the Bharatiya Janata Party, enabling the latter to secure a simple majority in the panchayat.

The BJP had won 18 of the 36 seats in the ZP.


  • Post has been reserved for a woman from the general category
  • P. Chennabasavanagouda who won from Gajapur in Kudligi taluk is likely to be vice-president

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