Mysuru, March 26:- Former minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state vice president V Srinivas Prasad, who filed his nomination from Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha Constituency on Tuesday, says he is confident of winning. He is up against present incumbent MP R Dhruvanarayan in what could turn out to be a tough battle for supremacy.
“I am contesting Lok Sabha elections after 20 years and I am confident of winning the election. People of the constituency have been supporting me. Our party workers are our leaders.”
Prasad, who was in Mysuru in the morning, said, “I am filing my nomination today and many of our leaders will accompany me.”
A popular leader from this region, Prasad is known for his straight talk and always speaks what he thinks is right. Man, who is known for his simplicity, Prasad is liked by leaders from all the political parties. This is what makes him a tough customer when it comes to elections.
Prasad and Dhruvanarayan are better referred to as ‘guru-shishya’ (teacher-student) for their long-standing relationship. It is tough to say who stands a better chance at this juncture. Many political pundits say Prasad stands a better chance if anti-incumbency factor works against the present Congress MP.
Though he was reluctant to contest the Lok Sabha elections, Prasad, bowing to pressure from party leaders and supporters, agreed to jump into the fray. That he is pitted against his own and known person, Prasad is least perturbed. When he says in politics, there is no room for emotions; it is not without a reason.
To what extent the coalition of Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) in the state can make adjustments to help the common nominees is the moot question? (MR/KS).