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MP calls for a ‘sober’ campaign

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A.H. Vishwanath, MP, meets Congress leaders and workers prior to filing his nomination in Mysore on Friday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram
A.H. Vishwanath, MP, meets Congress leaders and workers prior to filing his nomination in Mysore on Friday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram

Incumbent MP A.H. Vishwanath, who is seeking re-election from Mysore, filed his nomination on Friday and called upon the opposition for a “sober campaign, devoid of belligerence and chauvinism.”

Mr. Vishwanath appealed for peaceful and friendly polls. His comments were a reaction to the BJP’s reported statement flaying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not acting against Pakistan for the beheading of an Indian soldier.

Referring to the JD(S) claim of fielding C.K. Jaffer Sharief (Congress leader) as its candidate from Mysore, Mr. Vishwanath said it was “false propoaganda”; Mr. Sharief would remain in the Congress.

Before filing his nomination, the MP called upon religious heads of various communities, including Suttur Math seer Shivaratri Deshikendra swami; Bishop of Mysore Thomas A. Vazhapilly; and Sir Khazi of the Mysore Moulana Mohammed Usman Shariff, and other pontiffs. He visited Chamundeshwari Temple and participated in a convention of Congress workers and leaders at the Sri Kote Anjaneyaswami temple.

Revenue Minister and district in-charge V. Srinivas Prasad addressed the gathering and said the country needed Parliamentarians like Mr. Vishwanath. It is imperative for all Congress leaders in the district to throw their weight behind him and strive for his re-election. “We do not consider the opposition candidates as our enemies, but they should temper their language during campaigning,” he added.

He also criticised journalist and BJP candidate Pratap Simha. Mr. Prasad said [Mr. Simha’s] writings and columns “betrayed his ideology.”

“The Congress welcomes people from all castes, creeds and communities into its fold and gives them an opportunity, but that is not possible under the BJP,” the Minister said.

He felt that in response to BJP’s NaMo brigade, it was necessary to float a ‘secular brigade’ to highlight the Congress’ achievements.

Minister for Cooperation H.S. Mahadeva Prasad called upon workers to consider themselves candidates and work wholeheartedly for Mr. Vishwanath’s success.

As of Friday, five candidates have filed 11 nominations, including Independents T.N. Kumaraswamy (who filed two nominations) and M.N. Praveen of Doddamaranagowdana Halli in Yelwal hobli, who filed one. Mr. Vishwanath has filed two nominations.

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