Bidar: no clear signal from Nagamarapalli clan yet

It is almost a foregone conclusion that the deceased BJP MLA Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli’s children will be approached to contest the byelection to the Bidar seat. However, there are no clear signals from them.

Suryakanth Nagamarapalli, who unsuccessfully contested the Assembly byelection in 2009, said he was yet to make up his mind. “I will take a decision soon,” he said. Some of his followers said he would try to contest from the ruling Congress, while others said he would not look beyond the BJP.

It is said that the Nagamarapalli family wants to “remain in the good books of the State government” as it wants financial and other kinds of support for the district central cooperative bank and the cooperative sugar factory they run, said a leader close to the family.

The Janata Dal (Secular), meanwhile, has “a long list of aspirants”.

The former Minister and JD(S) State unit vice-president Bandeppa Kashempur said his contest would be “decided by the party”.

The former MLA Rahim Khan of the Congress appears confident of his selection. “Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other Congress leaders have promised me that I will get ticket,” he said. He lost to Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli by 2,571 votes in the 2013 elections.

The big four families that control the strings of power in different parties in the district are all related. The Nagamarapalli family is related to MLA Rajshekar Patil of Humnabad family, which is in turn related to MLA Eshwar Khandre family of Bhalki whose three other members have been MLAs in the past. The Khandres and Kheny family are related again. Issues such as communal tension and Lingayat domination have dominated the elections in Bidar city that has the maximum number of minority votes in the State after Mangaluru city. Development of Bidar taluk, considered backward by the D.M. Nanjundappa committee, has seldom been the election promise of candidates.

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