Karnataka Assembly polls: Few hours left to decide fate of candidates

All eyes on Siddaramaiah and GT Devegowda's performance in Chamundeshwari constituency

Mysuru, May 14:-With the poll-battle of Karnataka Assembly elections coming to an end on Saturday, all eyes are now towards the results of the polls which is expected to decide the fate of major politicial parties – Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (Secular).

With just few hours left for the counting of votes, the heritage city of Mysuru has hogged limelight across the political spectra in the state as the city is home turf of incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The ‘high-voltage’ poll fight between Siddaramaiah and JD(S) leader G T Devegowda in Chamundeshwari Constituency is also one of the key reasons for Mysuru to grab national attention.

The results of the polls will determine the fate of Congress and will also confrim whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s blitzkrieg poll campaign has worked in garnering more votes for BJP in the state. Though the exit polls of various agencies have come out with a mixed verdict, the chances of a ‘Hung’ Assembly is what most of the people have thought about.

The scenario in Mysuru district is no different as the predictions on who is going to win from which constituency is a herculean task. As many as 147 candidates are in fray in 11 Assembly segments in the district and the election contest result is keenly awaited by the candidates and the electorates.

A neck-to-neck fight is expected between candidates in Krishnaraja, Chamaraja, Narasimharaja and Chamundeshwari Constituencies which covers Mysuru City.

A close poll fight is expected between Siddaramaiah and G T Devegowda and most of the political analysts suggested that the election is a fight similar to the by-polls held in 2006 where Siddaramaiah triumphed with a meagre margin of 257 votes.

In the Krishnaraja Constituency few of the BJP workers of Veerashaiva community and Vokkaliga community have rebelled against BJP’s candidate and former minister S A Ramadas, thus leading to a close fight between present sitting MLA M K Somashehar and Ramadas.

Congress candidate Tanveer Sait is facing a tough competition from SDPI candidate Abdul Majeed in Narasimharaja Constituency.

A triangular fight between Sitting MLA and Congress candidate Vasu, JD(S) candidate Prof K S Rangappa and BJP candidate L Nagendra is drawing people’s attention in Chamaraja Constituency.

Only the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) that are safely stored inside the strong room at counting centres could spring surprises on May 15. –(KK)

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