With the public campaigning scheduled to end on Friday, both the Congress and the BJP leaders are leaving no stone unturned for the by-polls to Nanjangud and Gundlupet assembly constituency slated for April 9.
A road show was organised at Nanjangud by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accompanied by most of his cabinet members.Not to be left behind, the BJP too organised a public meeting at Gundlupet seeking votes for its candidate.Before leaving for the road show, Siddaramaiah spoke to media persons at his residence in Mysuru and expressedanguish over the statement of the state BJP president, B S Yeddyurappa. He said, “Yeddyurappa is alleging that the tax paid by the public has been used by us for the by-elections. He must think twice before making a comment. The Election
Commission watches very closely the money spent for the elections. Does Yeddyurappa know this?” he questioned.
After actors Jaggesh, Bhavana, Shruthi campaigned for their candidates, comedian actor Bullet Prakash entered the fray to campaign for the BJP candidate, V Srinivas Prasad contesting from Nanjangud. He was seen campaigning along with former minister B Sriramulu, seeking votes for the BJP candidate.
Yeddyurappa is Uttara Kumara: Ugrappa
Speaking at a press meet here in the city on Thursday, Congress leader and MLC V S Ugrappa said, “Yeddyurappa is neither mediating nor ready to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the farmers’ issues regarding loan waiver.
Ugrappa likened Yeddyurappa to Uttara Kumara of Mahabharat fame. “Maharashthra government requested Modi to waive off the farmers’ loan in the state.
It is not good to play politics in the name of farmers. Yeddyurappa must stop blaming the state government and Siddaramaiah and must talk to the Centre on waiving off farmers’ loans.”
Higher Education Minister Basava Raya Reddy and others were present at the press meet.
KSE meets Suttur seer
After KPCC president and Home Minister G Parameshwar met Suttur pontiff Shivarathri Deshikendra swamy on Wednesday, BJP leader K S Eshwarappa called on the seer today.
The meeting gains significance as the Lingayat votes are crucial for all the parties. The Suttur seer has considerable influence in Nanjangud and Gundlupet constituencies. However, both Eshwarappa and Parameshwar didn’t speak anything about their meeting with the seer but said they met him to seek his blessings.
Sarees and cars seized
Election officers on Thursday seized 1,000 sarees meant to be allegedly distributed among voters in Nanjangud constituency. The raid was conducted at Devarasanahalli in Nanjangud taluk based on complaints from BJP activists. It is alleged that a few women in the region were distributing sarees to the voters in the name of ‘Sevadal’. A few BJP activists,
who came to know about it, alerted the election officers who seized the sarees. Election officers also seized three cars belonging to a person who is said to be a relative of District In-charge Minister DrH C Mahadevappa.
Based on a tip off, the election officers conducted a raid near Mahadevappa’s residence in Nanjangud where a person named Babu, a relative of Mahadevappa, was allegedly distributing money to voters. Babu and men took to heels when they saw election officers.
On Wednesday night, sector officers conducted raids at several places in Gundlupet and neighbouring regions and seized a total of Rs 2.30 lakh. While Rs 1.02 lakh was seized from one Gurumurthy and Manjunath of Kabbepura village in Chamarajangar taluk, Rs 1.28 lakh was recovered from one Channappa. Separate cases have been registered.