By-polls: Siddaramaiah hopes  people will extend support

 You call it do or die battle for the Kuruba strongman. All the eyes will be on Karnataka what with the by-elections slated for the two important constituencies in less than 10 days. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday hit the campaign trail and began campaigning for the Congress candidates from Nanjangud and Gundlupet Assembly constituencies.

Siddaramaiah knows much will depend on him and many of the senior Congress leaders if the party candidates nurture any hopes of putting it across their opponents. The Chief Minister, who was maintaining a low profile all these days, began campaigning in right earnest for the party candidate Kalale Keshavamurthy from Nanjangud. Siddaramaiah will be campaigning for the next seven days. Speaking to media persons in Mysuru today, Siddaramaiah said, “Our major concern is for the welfare of the people and I am confident that the people of Gundlupet and Nanjangud will extend their support to our party and make us win. I will be campaigning for both the candidates this week along with our party workers.  However, a few ministers will miss the campaign as they are visiting places across the state for drought assessment.”

As part of the schedule, Siddaramaiah will be visiting nearly 100 villages in Nanjangud and Gundlupet constituencies and is expected to campaign along with with PWD Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa and MP R Dhruvanarayan till the last day of the campaigning. On Friday, he visited Badanavalu and neighbouring villagers in Nanjangud taluk seeking votes for Keshavamurthy.

Not to be left behind, state BJP president and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa resumed campaigning for party candidates and took part in a road show, seeking votes for the BJP candidate,  Niranjan Kumar from Gundlupet. He is also expected to take part in BJP women’s convention to be organised in the evening.

Yeddyurappa is expected to stay in the region for next seven days and campaign along with BJP leaders Suresh Kumar, Somanna, Shobha Karandlaje, Sriramulu and others. Senior leader, S M Krishna, who joined the BJP last week, is expected to start campaigning from next week.

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