KARNATAKA

Winning Humnabad seat crucial for JD(S)

M.B. Girish



JD(S) State chief is contesting there

Congress, BJP want to take credit for defeating him



BIDAR: The Janata Dal (Secular), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are engaged in a tough fight in the Humnabad Assembly Constituency.

Winning the seat is a matter of prestige for the Janata Dal (Secular) since its State unit president Merajuddin Patel is fighting the elections from there. Rajshekar Patil of the Congress and Subhash Kallur of the BJP are in the fray, besides independents and candidates of other parties.

Mr. Basavraj Patil, father of Congress nominee Rajshekar Patil, represented the constituency in 1978, 1983, 1985 and 1989. In 1994, Mr. Patel defeated him and Mr. Kallur came third. Mr. Kallur defeated Mr. Rajshekar Patil in the 1999 elections, and Mr. Patel came third in the elections. The 2003 byelection was won by Mr. Rajshekar Patil who was pitted against Mr. Patel. In the 2004 election, Mr. Patel defeated Mr. Rajshekar Patil and Mr. Kallur again came third.

Keen contests

The previous four elections also saw keen contests involving the three major parties in the Assembly segment. In 2004 elections, Mr. Patel polled 35,755 votes, Mr. Patil polled 33,586 and Mr. Kallur 31, 335 votes.

Following delimitation, certain villages coming under Humnabad taluk were merged with the Bidar South seat. Villages falling under Rajeshwar Circles of Basavkalyan taluk and Dubalgundi, Ghatboral and Hallikhed (B) villages that were part of the Hulsoor constituency have been brought under the Humnabad seat. The Hulsoor Assembly Constituency has been scrapped following delimitation.

According to sources, Mr. Rajshekar Patil is making all efforts to regain the seat from the Janata Dal (Secular). Mr. Kallur is taking out “padayatras” in the constituency.

Mr. Patil and Mr. Kallur are hoping to see the defeat of Mr. Patel and to take credit for defeating a State president of a party.

Mr. Patel is finding it quite hectic for, he has to manage his own constituency and also attend meetings in Bangalore.

But despite the busy schedule, he was not lagging behind in wooing voter, the sources said.

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