Congress is leaving nothing to chances in the Legislative Council election for South Graduate Constituency slated for June 9. Senior Congress leaders are making all out efforts to convince voters to cast second preference vote for party candidate Dr Ravindra.
During the preliminary meeting by Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad on Wednesday, the Congress bearers expressed anguish over sdelay in announcement of candidates.
The bearers from five units of four district, including Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajnagar, said if party had announced candidates three month ago, it could have benefitted to convince the voters and supporters.
Party leaders and office-
bearers discussed over increasing number of voters as the party has lesser enrollment compared to the BJP. MLA Vasu suggested targeting teachers’ associations of all colleges, including primary, high school and degree colleges and cooperative union members. MP Dhruvanarayan suggested to bearers to highlight welfare policies introduced by the government.
MLA Vasu, Minister for Sugar Mahadevaprasad, Chamarajanagar constituency MP Dhruvanarayan, MLA M K Somashekar, MUDA President K R Mohankumar, MLC R Dharmasena, Hassan district in-charge minister A Manju, MLC candidate Dr Ravindra, Javagal Manjunath, Maddikere Gopal, Mandya Congress President Athmananda and others were present.
Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad looked disappointed over the lackadaisical approach of some of the senior party leaders. “Congress is a national party and we have certain procedure to follow during elections, and we cannot ignore this election, considering its significance. The elections work out based on strategy. While choosing candidates, there should be enough discussions and evaluations over the selection of candidates. Though the party has lot of aspirants for contesting the elections, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should have declared the candidates earlier so that we could have planned better.”