Though the Congress proved its dominance in the zilla panchayat elections by winning 19 of the 38 seats in Bijapur, its dream of securing president's post will not be fulfilled as the post is reserved for a women candidate of the Scheduled Caste. There are no candidates of that category either in the Congress or the Janata Dal (Secular).
The BJP won 16 seats in which four candidates — Kamalabai Devendrappa Mayavanshi of Atharga constituency, Anasuya Jadhav of Shivanagi constituency, Shankrubai Chalavadi of Basarkod constituency and Savitri Angadi of Chandkavate constituency — are from the Scheduled Caste category. The JD(S) has won two seats, while one independent candidate won another seat.
There is expected to be stiff competition among the BJP candidates. Ms. Mayavanshi is the sister of MP Ramesh Jigjinagi and is slated to be a strong contender for the post.
Ms. Jadhav and Ms. Angadi enjoy the support of Nagtan MLA Vittal Katakdond and Sindagi MLA Ramesh Bhusnur respectively. These candidates have already started lobbying for the president's post. Ms. Chalavadi is being supported by Mangaladevi Biradar, who is BJP State Women's Wing vice-president.
Since the zilla panchayat vice-president's post is reserved for general category, Congress candidates are lobbying for the post by talking to their party leaders MLA M.B. Patil, the former MLA, Shivanand Patil, and District Congress president Sharanappa Sunagar.