LC polls: Congress gets into active mode

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.

‘Delay unnecessary’

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.”

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