BJP gets ready to defend Sullia stronghold, Congress confident of victory

Stany Bela
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (NDF)

Sullia, May 9: With the poll fever catching up all over the state, a close contest is expected for the Sullia assembly constituency seat. Both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are confident of cruising to victory.

Surrounded by Kadaba, Beltangady and Puttur taluks, Sullia had witnessed an unexpected competition between Congress and BJP in the 2013 assembly elections. Considered to be a BJP stronghold for the past 25 years, the Congress had given it a run for its money. Ultimately, BJP candidate S Angara secured a win by a small margin of 1,373 votes. The BJP, which enjoyed a massive support during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, is looking at its prospects of securing a big win again.

However, the reduction in the margin of victory over the last three elections has instilled in the Congress, the confidence that there is a changing trend among voters. Hence, they are confident of a victory this time.

S Angara (L) and Dr Raghu

Meanwhile, the fight at Sullia will be among candidates of three national parties and three independent candidates. BJP’s S Angara, Congress’ Dr Raghu, BSP’s Raghu Dharmasena and independent candidates Sanjay, Sundar and Chandrashekar are looking to make this a pulsating competition. Congress and BJP have already finished two rounds of campaigning. The national-level BSP-JD(S) alliance has given a BSP candidate an opportunity to contest the elections. Despite this alliance, the JD(S) leaders have not been seen campaigning along with the BSP so far. Recently, both the parties held a joint meeting and decided that they would help each other with campaigning because they are contesting the elections together.

Sanjay, an independent candidate, has begun campaigning supported by Misalathi Mukthi Horata Samiti. With the help of loudspeakers, he has been highlighting the problems of the constituency that need to be addressed and is organizing 'Corner Sabhas’ everywhere.

In the previous assembly election, JD(S) candidate Nandaraj Sankesha garnered more than 8,000 votes. Independent candidate K Kushala, a former MLA and KJP candidate Chandravati have now joined the Congress. SDPI, which used to pocket the minority community's votes, are not in the fray this time, thereby making the prospects for Congress look much better. There are 22,500 new voters in the constituency and each party believes that they will gain the votes of the new voters.

Congress, BJP and BSP candidates have constantly been talking about making development their priority - a tactic to garner votes. The BJP sitting MLA has been going around door-to-door promising benefits of a Modi-Yeddyurappa government and accusing current chief minister Siddaramaiah of following anti-Hindu policies.

On the other hand, Congress has been highlighting the failures and fruitless tenure of the five-time BJP MLA, and promising electricity and proper roads as well as highlighting the benefits of the Siddaramaiah government in order to win over the minds of the voters.

Campaigning by national leaders in the constituency has caught a few eyebrows. BJP national president Amit Shah and state president Yeddyurappa are two important personalities who have campaigned for their party in this district. The visit of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has boosted the confidence of BJP workers. Puducherry CM Narayana Swamy and National Campaign Committee president D K Shivakumar among others have already campaigned here for Congress.

“In the past five terms, the BJP MLA has made no major infrastructural development. Although I lost last time, I have responded to the problems of the people of the constituency as much as I could. The voters of the constituency want a change this time and will make the Congress win. This time victory is ours,” says Dr Raghu, Congress candidate.

BJP’s S Angara, with a tone of confidence says, “People have seen the development that I have brought about in five terms as MLA. The benefits of CM candidate B S Yeddyurappa and PM Narendra Modi government are a further boost to a BJP victory. It is definite that the voters will make us win by maximum margin because of the development works I have undertaken here.”

“There are many basic problems in the constituency. Congress and BJP which have represented this constituency for a long time have not met the demands of people. There are no job opportunities for the youth here. People who are suffering because of this fruitless tenures of Congress and BJP, will give BSP a chance this time,” says Raghu Dharmasena, BSP candidate.


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 09 2018

    BJP is now planning exit from Karnataka ...

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  • Pradeep U H, Sullya

    Wed, May 09 2018

    Sully is a metro city and well developed city.Lots of IT firms want to set their foot into sullya. People are most westernised here.Bullet tain is requirement of the day. Soon sea port from Mangalore will be shifted to sullya.Large numbers of ppl from bangalore will surely migrate to sullya for jobs.

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  • Mani, Sullia

    Wed, May 09 2018

    This Angara is useless. people will vote for Congress this time.

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  • Kiran, Mumbai

    Wed, May 09 2018

    Sullya will seriously developed into another singapore. Soon metro rail will be launched here.One of my friend Pradeep has informed me that very soon bullet train would be connecting Sullya to Mangalore and Bangalore.Many It companise would try to shift their base to Sullya.

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  • dinky, KUDLA

    Wed, May 09 2018


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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Wed, May 09 2018

    Just like the new port inaugurated by Modi last week in Bangalore. Large oil tankers and cruise liners will now touch Bangalore.....................

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  • SMR, karkala

    Wed, May 09 2018

    Kiran, Mumbai
    Sir, I heard Singapore is shifting its capital to Sullia? I even heard from my friend even 'Hyperloop' with 1200 KM is running in Sullia connecting Mumbai?
    Jai Hind

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  • SMR, karkala

    Wed, May 09 2018

    What worrying factor is Bahujan Samajwadi Party of Mayawati for Congress. In Karnataka BSP is an alliance of JD(S) due to the absence of Dalit leader in the party.

    If one goes by the mainstream media, the result of the Karnataka election is already known. There is going to be a hung house and, as in Goa and Manipur, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to form the Government. BJP is all set with voters ID details in possession is confident EVM is working for hung assembly.
    In Uttar Pradesh Mayawati is already announced she will be working with SP till 2019 and IT department is already raided in 2011 case. When JD(S) Kumaraswamy is all set join communal BJP is most likely is BSP will be continue in alliance is questionable.
    Her party in the last assembly elections has lost miserable due to her parties past alliance with BJP.

    Is BSP will be joining the BJP alliance with JD(S) in case of hung assembly?
    If so her prospect in Uttar Pradesh will reduced further. Is Benji will clear the doubt before votes will be polled? Is BSP with JD(S) is going to be indirectly helping BJP once again?
    Last time BJP candidate won by 1,373 votes. But this 'Mahila Empowerment Party' is exactly working for them to secure the BJP's victory.
    Jai Hind

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  • KS, Karkala

    Wed, May 09 2018

    As far as sullia constituency concerned congress is believed to be the front runner. To add to that all Muslims & Christian community & Dalits overwhelmingly decided to extend their support to Congress in addition to Hindus. Now let’s wait & see the interesting part on 15th

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  • santhu BIRUVE, Mumbai/Udupi

    Wed, May 09 2018

    Sri S angara will with 30k plus votes margin.Congress cannot even dream about getting sulya.

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  • anil, mlore

    Wed, May 09 2018


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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Wed, May 09 2018

    BJP will be rooted out COMPLETELY.

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  • Mangalorean, Dak. Kannada

    Wed, May 09 2018

    Nobody can defeat Sri S. Angara. He has been recognsied by the people for his reputation, Good work and dedication at Sullia. People voted him as a good candidate not as he is from "BJP" or "Congress"

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  • Naveen Monteiro, Mudipu/ Dubai

    Wed, May 09 2018

    BJP tholagisi ; Congress Karunisi

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  • Abdul Rafiq, Uchila / Udupi

    Wed, May 09 2018

    Yes his good work is appreciated. Sullia looks like Singapore now. All the people are very rich and we cannot find a single labour in Sullia. All citizens are graduates and there is huge job business and job opportunities available there. Many people are trying to migrate to Sullia now a days. But unfortunately Angara has won with margin of 2000 votes against Dr. Raghu in last assembly election.
    Our dream city is

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  • Vijay, Uae

    Wed, May 09 2018

    Modis suit boot govt will ROOT OUT FROM SULLIA

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