Mysuru-Kodagu LS seat: Vokkaliga group announces support for Congress candidate

Mysuru, Apr 19 (IANS): A group that represents the influential Vokkaliga community in Karnataka's high-profile Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency has announced support for Congress M. Lakshman.

This comes amid Congress' consistent efforts to corner the BJP for denying the ticket to sitting MP Pratap Simha, who hails from the Vokkaliga community.

The BJP has replaced Simha, a two-time parliamentarian from the Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency, and fielded royal scion Yaduveer Wadiyar while the Congress has nominated Lakshman, a Vokkaliga and a close associate of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, for the seat.

Mari Swamy, the President of the Mysuru Vokkaliga Association, announced on Thursday that the association will support Congress candidate Lakshman.

"Sitting MP Pratap Simha was denied the ticket as he hailed from the Vokkaliga community... The Vokkaligas are systematically sidelined and hence, the decision is made... We are not supporting Lakshman because he is a Congress candidate," he said.

The Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha seat has about 15 lac voters, of them more than 4 lac are Vokkaligas followed by Lingayats, Dalits and OBCs. Besides, there are 1.5 lac Muslim and 1 lac Brahmin voters.





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  • flavian, chik

    Fri, Apr 19 2024

    Regional preferences choice and popularity of leaders must be talen into account. Delhi cannot decide everything ....congress also made this mistake and paid a heavy price

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 19 2024

    Very good news. Maybe they're educated and literate, I think.

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  • Kiran Poojary, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Fri, Apr 19 2024

    It is same like Billawa Association announcing support to Padmaraj. Only Association president its office bearers may vote for congress. Gone are the days of people listening to their caste association president. People are matured enough to take their own decision.

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