Watch out for the contest in Holenarsipur

Shama Sunder

Anupama’s son Shreyas is campaigning for her

Revanna has an edge over other candidates

HASSAN: In the beginning, Congress candidates were reluctant to contest against Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Revanna in Holenarsipur, as it was a Deve Gowda-stronghold. Then came the announcement from the party that S.G. Anupama, daughter-in-law of late Puttaswamy Gowda, would contest against Mr. Revanna. Puttaswamy Gowda was former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda’s arch political rival.

Ms. Anupama’s foray into politics has turned the battle in this constituency into one worth watching. The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Srinivasa, who was till recently with the Congress.

Mr. Deve Gowda, who has represented Holenarsipur on six occasions, was defeated here once by Puttaswamy Gowda. Later, Mr. Revanna in turn defeated him.

Mr. Deve Gowda and Puttaswamy Gowda were once friends, but separated later. They had contested against each other in both Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. In 1985, Mr. Deve Gowda defeated Puttaswamy Gowda, while in 1989, Puttaswamy Gowda defeated Mr. Deve Gowda.

In 1994, Mr. Revanna defeated Puttaswamy Gowda by 123 votes. In 1999, Puttaswamy Gowda did not contest the elections and instead supported A. Dodde Gowda, who defeated Mr. Revanna by 22,000 votes. Mr. Revanna, in 2004, defeated Puttaswamy Gowda by 33,000 votes.

All seemed easy-going for Mr. Revanna till the day he filed his nominations. There was a huge crowd waiting during the event. But, 15 Janata Dal (S) activists, who raised slogans praising Mr. Revanna, tried to manhandle Ms. Anupama while she was campaigning at Marashettyhalli village on Friday.

While Bhavani has been campaigning for her husband Mr. Revanna, visiting several villages everyday, Ms. Anupama’s son Shreyas is also campaigning for his mother. He is going from house to house appealing to the people to vote for her.

Ms. Anupama too is from a political family. Her father-in-law G. Puttaswamy Gowda was an MP and Minister. Her uncle was an MLA.

Mr. Revanna still holds an edge over other candidates as he is still president of the Karnataka Milk Federation, and has helped provide employment opportunities to a number of people in the town. The fact that Hallimysore Hobli, which has a Kuruba population of 60,000 and 20,000 voters, has been made part of Arkalgud Assembly segment, will work in favour of Mr. Revanna.

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