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Bengaluru: Parties dislike Lok Sabha bypoll - but want to win it at any cost

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Oct 8: All the three parties, BJP, Congress, and JD(S) think that it was unnecessary to hold bypoll for the three vacant Lok Sabha (LS) seats in the state now, taking into account the fact that elected members will have remaining term of only about four months.

BJP state president, B S Yeddyurappa, said that none of the parties in the state were interested in this bypoll. He said he fails to understand why the commission decided to hold this bypoll. Former minister and BJP leader, Suresh Kumar too tweeted, wondering whether election was necessary for the remaining four months. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president, Dinesh Gundu Rao is another person who thinks LS bypoll is a futile exercise.

Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy

It is said that several prospective candidates have been showing disinclination to fight the election, considering that they have to spend huge amount of money to ensure victory, although the remaining term in LS is only about four months.

But none of the parties are prepared to take the bypoll lightly because of the question of prestige involved. They also know that people will take the LS bypoll results as the indicator for the next year's general election. Therefore, all the parties will fight the three LS seats and two assembly seats with all their strength.

It is being felt that Ramanagara assembly constituency and Mandya LS constituency will go to JD(S), while the Congress will field candidates from Ballari, Jamkhandi, and Shivamogga constituencies. It is said that Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar would be made in-charge of elections for Jamkhandi and Ballary seats, while Dr G Parameshwar and KPCC president, Dinesh Gundu Rao, will try to wrest Shivamogga seat from where Yeddyurappa's son, B Y Raghavendra, who will be the most likely candidate from the BJP. The coalition partners, Congress and JD(S), too will get to know the general opinion prevailing in the minds of the people about their performance through the coming bypoll and thereby it can provide guidance for them to fight the next year's LS poll by modifying strategies to suit the occasion.

BJP too may draw up its strategies on the basis of how the party fares in the LS by election.

All the leading personalities from the party, Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy, H Vishwanath, Madhu Bangarappa, and others, will be campaigning for the JDS, Mallikarjun Kharge, Siddaramaiah, Parameshwar, Shivakumar etc of the Congress, Yeddyurappa and national leaders of the BJP will be putting a concerted fight to prove that their popularities have not been dented of late. National leaders of the Congress have advised the local leaders to finalize names of candidates without earning the wrath of the coalition partner.

In a nutshell, the constituencies going to the poll will witness high spending, public programmes, hoardings, and visits by national and state leaders during the run up to the bypoll.


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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    BJP in Karnataka should be revamped by Andntakumar Hegde as president t.Let Yedyurappa be the CM candidate.Raghavendra can be replaced not an accepted face.Present top three leaders should not given tickets.They are the reason for downfall of BJP in Karnataka.One of tgfm us accused in land grabbing case.Gali Janardhana Reddy and Sriramulu should be be given key responsibilities in 2019 election process.

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  • ZahoorAhmed, Karkal

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Collect expenses from those people who are responsible for re-election.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Karnataka people are already enjoying "Acche Din" ...

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman / Washington,DC

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Sab Saleh Chor hain...


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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018


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  • Tell The Truth, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Only yedduruppa outshine others...who scored 89.5%. Other's good for nothing below 50%...inspite of two constituencies.

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  • Sanjay, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    But yeddy is a thief, highly corrupt, contagious to the society. He could not prove his innocence in court as he was caught red handed for taking bribe... This is BJP for you in Karnataka.

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  • Jembar Bappu, BAJPE

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    The election commission talks about saving money by holding lok sabha and state election together!!!

    This is absolutely unnecessary!!!!

    This is totally wasting of public money!!!!!!!!

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    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    These thugs are living on TAX payers money and privileges! The villagers doesn't know what is happening around them ! Even they doesn't know the tax they paid to the government will go to the pockets of ANY POLITICAL PARTY !!

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