Key parties like Congress, BJP have not fielded women

Mainstream political parties have ignored the youth as well as women while choosing candidates for the 11 Assembly constituencies in Mysore district.

Going by the average age of Congress candidates in the district, it is clear that the party has preferred the old guard and experienced leaders over the youth.

Though the Congress projects its vice-president Rahul Gandhi (42) as the youth icon of the country out to bring about a change in the old order, there is little to show that the party was prepared to take the risk and usher in youngsters to build the second line of leadership.

With the party high command not wishing to rock the boat, it has given ticket to the eight MLAs from the district, most of whom are aged over 60.

Among veterans, both Tanveer Sait, contesting from the Narasimharaja, and H.P. Manjunath, contesting from Hunsur, are below 50 years.

Doddaswamy Gowda, a new face who is contesting from K.R. Nagar, is 61 years old, as per the affidavit submitted by him to the Election Commission.

The Congress candidate for H.D. Kote is 68-year-old Chikkanna and V. Srinivas Prasad, who is contesting from Nanjungud, is 64 years old.

M. Satyanarayana, who is the Congress candidate from Chamundeshwari, is 68 years old, while M.K. Somashekar, contesting from Krishnaraja, is 60.

Similarly, Siddaramaiah, who is contesting from Varuna, is 64 years old, while H.C. Mahadevappa, contesting from T. Narsipur, is 60.

Vasu, who is in the fray from Chamaraja, is also over 60 years and K. Venkatesh, contesting from Periyapatna, is 65.

Mr. Gandhi, during a whirlwind tour of the region in 2008, had spoken on the need for greater representation for youth as well as women for ushering in social change.

The party, however, has sidelined both the youth as well as women while choosing its candidates in the district.

The scenario in the Janata Dal (S) is slightly better. At 50, Sateesh Sandesh Swamy is the youngest of the party’s candidates for the three constituencies in Mysore urban.

M.S. Samrat (33), contesting from T. Narsipur, is the youngest JD(S) candidate in the district. The age group of the remaining candidates ranges from late 50s to early 60s.

BJP candidates

Among the BJP candidates, six are below 50 years and five are above 50 years.

The party without a mass base had no veterans to choose from.

Also, it has not issued the ‘B’ form to even one woman.

Of the 143 Independents, 44 are below 50 years and only four are women.


  • M.S. Samrat (33), contesting from T. Narsipur, is the youngest JD(S) candidate in the district

  • Among 143 Independents, 44 are below 50 years and only four are women

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