Mysuru, September 16:- Politics in Mysuru is witnessing sudden and unexpected developments. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah visited the residence of former vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore (UoM) and relative of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda Prof KS Rangappa on Monday morning.
After exchanging pleasantries, Siddaramaiah had breakfast with Prof Rangappa. When reporters wanted to know if there was something more to it, Siddaramaiah categorically said the visit was nothing to do with politics.
It is rumoured that KR Nagar MLA Sa Ra Mahesh is trying to shift to Chamaraja Constituency from KR Nagar for the next Assembly elections. Prof Rangappa, who lost the election from Chamaraja Constituency on a Janata Dal (Secular) ticket, is obviously peeved that he is being sidelined. JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda is also backing Mahesh. In this scenario, it is believed that Prof Rangappa may have met Siddaramaiah to discuss his next move.
Talking to reporters, Prof Rangappa said he has been totally sidelined after he lost the Assembly elections from Chamaraja. “No one in the JD(S) is bothered to utilise my services,” Prof Rangappa explained.
Heaping praise on Siddaramaiah, the former vice-chancellor said, “A leader like Siddaramaiah should become chief minister again. Whoever does good work, I support them. I am not politically active now. JD(S) didn’t utilise me after I lost the election. I am free now. I will be with those who treat me with respect and use my experience. I am giving more importance to research now than politics.” (MR/KS)