B. Sriramulu has a team of experts, who can bring in ‘transformation’ at the blink of an eye. The BSR Congress office was converted into the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election office overnight. Photographs and portraits of some of the senior BJP leaders, including Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi were put up. Wall posters with Mr. Sriramulu with prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi were in place. The flag post at the entrance, on which a ‘fan’ (symbol of BSR Congress) was placed, was replaced by the BJP’s party flag.
On Friday, when Mr. Sriramulu, along with other BJP leaders, were to meet party workers at the election office, some people were seen putting up posters of the lotus symbol.
However, photographs of senior leader Sushma Swaraj, whom Mr. Sriramulu reveres, jailed mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy, and his eldest brother G. Karunakara Reddy were missing.
Earlier, when the same building was the BJP district unit office, it was transformed within no time when the BSR Congress was floated.
Raid unearths cookers, cheques
The model code of conduct enforcing team, led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Venkatesh, raided the house of Kapu Ramachandra Reddy, Rayadurga MLA of neighbouring Anantapur district on Thursday night in Bellary city, and seized 1,000 saris, cricket bats, cookers and open cheques.
According to sources, the team recovered three signed cheques (without names of bearer) amounting to Rs. 43 lakh. The Bellary (Rural) police have registered a case.
Shahapur MLA Guru Patil, elected on the Karnataka Janata Paksha ticket, has announced his support to BJP candidate and former Minister Shivanagouda Naik from the Raichur Lok Sabha constituency. Mr. Patil, who has remained neutral and did not follow the footsteps of Mr. Yeddyurappa to join the BJP, said he would continue to be neutral. His support to the BJP candidate is limited to this election alone. Speaking to The Hindu over phone, Mr. Patil said Mr. Naik had called on him and appealed for his support. “I discussed the issue with my supporters and took a decision to extend support to Mr. Naik,” he said.
C.H. Vijayashankar, BJP candidate from Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, took it in his stride when his candidature was likened to ‘a bride with no knowledge of the husband’s place’. This two-time MP from Mysore is now standing for election from Hassan. At a press conference on Friday, when a reporter queried how he would face the battle in an unfamiliar constituency, Mr. Vijayashankar quipped: “A bride is new to her husband’s place only in the beginning. As the days go by, the daughter-in-law will take control over the entire house and run the family. That’s what I will be doing here in Hassan.” .
Gangadhar Badiger, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) (SUCI-C) candidate for the Dharwad Lok Sabha constituency, is perhaps the poorest candidate in the State. The affidavit submitted by Mr. Badiger is full of ‘no’s. He does not possess property, vehicles, housing sites or any other moveable or immoveable property. He has not invested in shares, debentures or even an insurance policy. He has Rs. 25,000 in hand and Rs. 35,000 in his savings bank account. Mr. Badiger is a B.Sc. B.Ed. and was working as a part-time teacher before becoming a fulltime worker of SUCI(C). His wife, A. Bhavaneshwari, is also a fulltime worker and she does not own any property. SUCI(C) full-timers live in communes, sharing the expenses. The party takes cares of their basic needs.
N. Dinesh Nayak