Political News, State, (Mandya/Mysuru), April 16:- Mysuru and Mandya is the interesting Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka where friction between the Congress and JD(S) is evident. Senior Congress leader and former CM Siddaramaiah is said to have fought to have his own man bag the ticket in what is essentially his home district. Both Mysuru and Mandya have a strong Vokkaligga presence, which are considered voters of the JD(S) which is why the regional heavyweight tried to bag both the seats.
Giving the combine a run for its money in Mysuru is BJP’s Pratap Simha, who along with BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa, Ananth Kumar Hegde and Shobha Karandlaje, is considered an outspoken member of his party. Like Simha, another young opponent to the JD(S)-Congress combine is Tejasvi Surya, who was announced as a last-minute surprise candidate from Bangalore South, a BJP stronghold.
In Mandya, on one side is Congress-JD(S) combine’s candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy, the son of present chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. He will face Sumalatha Ambareesh, the wife of late superstar Ambareesh. She is said to have the support of several disgruntled Congress leaders who are angry with their party for not having given ticket to Sumalatha whose late husband fought and won from this constituency thrice.
Personal rivalry and unsettled scores between senior Congress and JD(S) leaders have also turned this contest into a fight of the gathbandhan with itself. This is why the BJP has not fielded a candidate here and is understood to be supporting Sumalatha instead.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)