Mysuru Mayoral polls on Feb 24: Minister Somashekar meets JD(S) MLA Mahesh to strike a deal

Mysuru, February 23:- The stage is set for the all-important Mysuru mayoral polls tomorrow (February 24). All the major parties – Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) – are holding their cards close to their chest with no concrete decision emerging so far. The Congress-JD(S) combine that was ruling the Mysuru City Corporation all these years seems to have hit the rock bottom in the recent past.

On its part, the BJP is going all out to grab the plum post and is leaving no stone unturned to convince the JD(S) for its support. District In-charge Minister S T Somashekar called on JD(S) MLA Sa Ra Mahesh on Monday to elicit his opinion. “We want a BJP candidate to become the Mayor. Mahesh is going to talk to his party leader H D Kumaraswamy before arriving at a decision.”

Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha, BJP city president T S Srivatsa and Mysuru District Development Authority (MUDA) chairman H V Rajeev accompanied Somashekar for the talks.

Kumaraswamy will be coming to the town today (February 23) and hold a detailed discussion with Mahesh and other leaders.

Somashekar said, “We have a good rapport with JD(S) and we have requested them to give us a chance. Going by the recent turn of events, JD(S) may not want to align with the Congress.”

Talking to reporters later, Mahesh said, “As far as the mayoral polls are concerned, we are yet to decide on our stance. Only after we meet Kumaraswamy, a decision will be taken.”

As per the understanding, JD(S) should have allowed a Congress nominee to become the Mayor this time. The JD(S) leader opined, “Congress leader Siddaramaiah has said they can’t have any type of understanding with us in the present situation. There are a lot of developments but we have to wait and see.”  (MR/GK)


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