Muralidhara Khajane

It has seven Assembly segments and over 13 lakh voters

The district will go to polls on May 10

Pandavapura segment renamed as Melkote constituency

MYSORE: The announcement of Assembly election dates has accelerated political activity in Mandya district which will go to polls on May 10.

The redrawing of Assembly segments in the district was completed earlier than other districts in the State as Mandya was identified as pilot district for the delimitation exercise in Karnataka by the Election Commission.

Voters

After delimitation, there are seven Assembly constituencies in the district which has 13,05,055 voters and 1,928 polling booths.

The erstwhile Keregodu and Kirugavalu segments have seized to exist and areas coming under them have been included in Mandya, Maddur and Malavalli constituencies.

The seven taulks — Mandya, Maddur, Malavalli, K.R. Pet, Pandavapura, Nagamangala and Srirangapatna are the delimited constituencies in the district. However, Pandavapura segment has been renamed Melkote Assembly constituency.

Malavalli segment has 2,07,549 voters, the highest in the district, and Melkote has the lowest 1,75,186 voters. The number of voters in Maddur is 1,80,129; Mandya - 2,03,561; Srirangapatna - 1,78,875; Nagamangala - 1,82,262; and K.R. Pet - 1,77,493.

Conventions

Political parties have started organising conventions to galvanise their cadre and woo the electorate. There seems to be confusion in the Congress units in Malavalli, Maddur and Melkote segments as there are many ticket aspirants.

Similar is the situation in Janata Dal (Secular). The Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Janata Dal (United) have started organising their workers in a bid to drum up support for their candidates.

Leaders of the Janata Dal (S), which secured six of the nine Assembly seats in 2004 elections, are making efforts to retain the constituencies.

Promise

Though the party leaders H.D. Deve Gowda and H.D. Kumaraswamy have promised that all those who had won from the district would be given ticket, sources in the Janata Dal (S) said that it would be difficult for them to keep their word.

However, the sources said that differences among party workers would be wiped out once the candidates list was announced.

The last date for filing nominations is April 23.

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