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Moodbidri: Abhaychandra not to contest Assembly polls? Ivan, Mithun in race


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, May 14: Karnataka Assembly elections are due early next year, but the Election Commission has the right to call for the polls anytime after October this year. All three major political parties of the state, Congress, BJP and JD(S) have already started planning their strategies and calculations on selection of candidates.

Moodbidri has been one of undivided DK's important constituency from ages. Current MLA Abhaychandra Jain has been winning here for almost the last two decades. But the situation is quite different this time. Though Jain has performed as usual in the past four years, there are reliable reports that indicate the possibility that he may not contest the election this time. He could opt for MLC and propose his own candidate for the Assembly polls.

Interestingly, Jain seems to have realised that he has slim chances of retaining his seat if he contests again. The fact that in the last election the winning margin had reduced significantly is an indication of the decline of his popularity in the region. He was in the news for wrong reasons soon after becoming minister in the Siddaramaiah cabinet. First, he showed reluctance in taking charge of the fisheries ministry due to religious reasons, then he had a tussle with auto drivers in Mulky, and later he reportedly threatened a journalist in Moodbidri. The Bajrang Dal leader Prashant Poojary's murder also put a black spot on his way of working. All these matters had been extensively covered in the local media which projected Jain in poor light. The biggest setback came when a section of the media reported that he would be dropped from the cabinet for poor performance, and his popularity chart began sliding in the constituency. The opposition grabbed this opportunity and started questioning his working style as well as his contribution to the constituency as an MLA and minister.

But the good thing he did was, for the party's sake, he did not revolt against the CM's decision of dropping him from the cabinet. He remained loyal to the CM, and more importantly, did not unleash his infamous anger in front of the media for axing him from the ministry. Now he has been rewarded with the post of in-charge of Gomateshwara Mastakabhisheka, which is a cabinet rank post.

Realising that Jain is not interested in contesting the polls this time, Mithun Rai, the Youth Congress leader who is in his early thirties took the opportunity to seek blessings from Jain himself, and started touring the Moodbidri constituency. Hailing from the strong Bunt community, he has already started his ground work in the constiuency and many are projecting him as the next Congress candidate from Moodbidri. It is heard that he has good support from Abhayacharndra Jain.

But the latest entry to the list of potential Moodbdri Congress candidates is Karnataka Legislative Council chief whip Ivan D'Souza. A seasoned politician who entered politics through Janata party at a very young age without godfathers or family members in politics, he had first contested elections at the age of 27 from Kaup. Even after leaving JD(S) and joining Congress in 2004, Ivan was seen as a potential Assembly candidate in every state elections. In 2013, J R Lobo's entry into politics put Ivan on the backfoot, and he was denied Congress ticket from Mangaluru South. But his rapport with CM Siddaramaiah not only earned him MLC nomination but also the post of chief whip.

With an eye on the coming Assembly elections, Ivan has thrown his hat into the Moodbidri constituency ring. According to information received from Congress insider sources, he has started doing his homework in Moodbidri and even started visiting booth-level leaders, attending functions and also convened several meetings.

It will be interesting to see whether Abhaychandra Jain will support Ivan or stick to Mithun Rai. Moreover, Ivan and Mithun were considered as 'Guru-Shishya' as Mithun was largely seen in Ivan's camp ever since Mithun entered politics.

Though there is no official word yet on these political developments, it will be interesting to see how many more aspiring candidates enter into Moodbidri race from the Congress camp.

Another source from Congress says, one cannot rule out the late entry of Veerappa Moily's son Harsha Moily, who is desperately looking for a political launch. In the last Parliament election, Moily tried his best to make his son the candidate from Mangaluru consituency, but failed to get local support here. Sources say, Moily is planning to launch him through his birthplace from Moodbidri for the Assembly seat.


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  • Davi, Mangalure / Dubai

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Best candidate Is Ivan Dsouza , Vinaya Kumar Sorake or Harsha Moily Or Mithun Rai in these four people select the best one. Let Abaya will take rest and give MLC to any one who not get seat.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, May 16 2017

    We have to import politicians from other districts to contest from twin districts...

    local MLAs, MPs, and Minsters (Central/state) are not able to do any thing for the betterment of these two districts.

    T A Pai and George Fernandes were the only two Ministers who did any thing for the district. All others (including 2 CMs) from our district did not prove useful to any one in twin districts.

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  • Samuel Sadanand, Balmatta/Kuwait

    Tue, May 16 2017

    Better Moily take political sanyas...or face the brunt of Dakshina Kannada people verdict....after what he did to DK by river diversion.

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  • Vishu M, Moodbidri

    Tue, May 16 2017

    Why Moodbidri Constituency so important:
    1. It's declared as Taluk recently, works yet to begin. Whoever wins now has lot of tape cutting to do.
    2. It's a Famous National Level Education, Cultural hub, so leaders will be limelight throughout year
    attending functions. That's Advertising.
    3. It's almost center between two Districts, Mangalore & Udupi, and also tourism destination,
    resulting in lot of scope for infrastructure development works.
    4. Moodbidri Constituency has to see lot of developmental works in regards to Underground
    drainage works, Traffic problems, Bypass Roads Etc.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Tue, May 16 2017

    Let Moily introduce his son from Dhodda Ballapur because he himself contesting from Chikka ballapur.....Jain will not win....Ivan no way.....Mithun there is chance based on the candidate from BJP...

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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Tue, May 16 2017

    Moily is a traitor for the people of DK. Towards Nethravati river diversion project. Request all the people of DW to see that if Moily 's contest should see that he is defeated in the elections.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Tue, May 16 2017

    Abayachandra hsa earned good name in politics and he is quite young.Better he reconsider his decision

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  • Desi Jawan, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Pure drama. ...

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  • bsavanna, belman/kuwait

    Mon, May 15 2017

    I suggest Ivan should go to mudarangadi (place where he was born) and fight a panchayat election rather than contesting an assembly. He has not won a election since decades as far as i know.
    As far as moily's son is concerned, i dont think people vote for him as moily didnt do any developments in his village in which he was born even after becoming the chief minister.

    In short, i dont think any of the above candidates will win the assembly election of moodbidri constitutency.

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  • JOY CASTELINO, MOODUBELLE/DUBAI

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Moodbidri is the only constituency in undevided D.K, where, BJP still not able to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Mon, May 15 2017

    ..if ABHAY has lost people faith, then how come he allowed to enter thru back door via MLC..MOODABEDRI going to BJP this time but some one has to stop Amarnath shetty from contesting..He is wasting votes , JDS has no future..

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  • Philip Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    The Big Game that is going to get true in Moodbidri soon and Harsha Moily will be the final candidate. From the secret sources, the game plan is like this:
    1. Both Ivan DSouza and Abhayachandra Jain are secretly working together , as per the instructions from Veerappa Moily. One of the top Christian Community leader is , who is also a good friend of Veerappa Moily and Abhayachandra Jain is in favor of this move.
    2. It was Veerappa Moily who has given political career to Abhayachandra Jain. Though there was some Communication gap between these two leaders, for supporting Janardan Poojary, now they have forgotten everything and united as early days. Moily somehow, wants to create an opportunity for his son Harsha Moily, and there fore all this scene is created. Both Abhayachandra and Ivan secretly know that Harsha is the candidate. Now they want to keep it secret till last minute.
    3. Mithun Rai, who is projected as Congress candidate, shall be changing his party to JDS, where the target for him to catch maximum Bunts Community Votes, which would otherwise go to BJP. Amarnath Shetty would support this move, as already Kumara Swamy, very close frnd of Veerappa Moily, after last MP elections in Chikkaballapur would support this move and grant ticket to Mithun Rai from JDS. In the bargain Ashwin Pierera will be the scapegoat.
    4. There is no opportunity for Backward Caste candidate, as of now from South Canara in Congress. The ticket will be issues to Harsha Moily on AHINDA ground , by Sidharamayya.
    5. The highest election expenditure will happen in Moodbidri Mulki constituency in next MLA election.
    6. Ivan DSouza would get his MLC position extended, on grounds that, he has sacrificed MLA ticket to favor Harsha Moily.
    My comments may sound very funny for few, who does not know politics. Trust me, this is the big game, that is going to happen. Leaders are simply fooling party workers in Moodbidri.

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  • Mambady Sathish Shetty, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 16 2017

    Agree with you Sir ...this is big game from moily because of that Mr Jain back stepping .

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  • ABD, LOS ANGELES

    Mon, May 15 2017

    PAPPU OF MANGALORE MITHUN SHIFTING TO MOODIBIDRE? WILL PEOPLE VOTE HIM?

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  • Mukesh, Kudla

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Lol people can vote sitting for LOS ANGELS. Ha ha ha make in india is going on please come and settle in India rather than commenting from there

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  • sandesh prabhu, mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Ivan should contest in Moodabidri...pls

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  • ravi, mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Anyone can stand in congress (Moodbidri) he will win definitely. Trust has gone from BJP

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  • Vishu M, Moodbidri

    Mon, May 15 2017

    TRUST is out of contention.
    Everyone have seen that for last TWO DECADES.
    And, in politics PERCEPTION is more important.
    So,... ALL THE BEST.

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  • kumar, mulky

    Mon, May 15 2017

    whoever Umanath kotian from bjp will improve his winning margin...

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  • Vishu M, Moodbidri

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Well said, Billava Community is deciding factor here.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Mithun is first choice. Don't field Harsha Moily by mistake also, he will lose deposit.

    BJP does not have right candidate in Moodbidri, so Mithun has good chance of winning.

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  • Vishu M, Moodbidri

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Keep Dreaming.
    Good Luck.

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Mon, May 15 2017

    ..'But the good thing he did was, for the party's sake, he did not revolt against the CM's decision of dropping him from the cabinet'..can anyone say which DK MLA or minister has the guts speak against CM or against Govt even though Govt decision hurt DK interest!..should learn from North karnatal MLAs/Ministers, how they fight against their own party/givt to safeguard District interest..

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  • ABD, LOS ANGELES

    Mon, May 15 2017

    BOTH WILL LOOSE BADLY

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  • Sanjay Moolya, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Lol people can vote sitting for LOS ANGELS.. Ha Ha Ha Ha

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  • DURGADAS SHETTY, DUBAI

    Mon, May 15 2017

    BJP will have good chance against these two candidates.

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  • DURGADAS SHETTY, DUBAI

    Mon, May 15 2017

    BJP will have good chance against these two candidates.

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  • Mohandas Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Billawas 100% supporting our Mangalore best MLA J.R.LOBO.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Ashraf is more acceptable and suitable for Mooda-biddiri......One of the true leader from coastal town.

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  • Mohandas Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    You mean from BJP....

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Mithun Rai has good chance! Ivan and Moily no chance of winning!!

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  • masif, Jizan/kinnigoli

    Mon, May 15 2017

    If contest Mithun Rai in Mulki - Moodbidri assembly Area more chances to win

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  • masif, Jizan/kinnigoli

    Mon, May 15 2017

    reasons -

    1) Bunts community is one of majority community in moodbidre Assembly

    2) Minority and Daliths are vote to Congress (No other option)

    3) Good relationship with saffron youth

    4) Dynamic and daring candidates

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  • Mohammed, Moodbidri

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Please vote for ASHWIN J PEREIRA

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  • Mohammed, Moodbidri

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Please vote for ASHWIN J PEREIRA

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  • ANIKETH, MUMBAI

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Abhayachand contest or no result will be same. good decison.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Moily has only chance in Kolar or chickaballapur

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  • ABDUL RAFIQ, Uchila

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Mithun Rai should be given the chance to contest from Moodabidri.

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Luqman Bantwal from Belthangady and Suneeta D'Souza from Kaup.... No internal feud!!!

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Ivan will be best candidate and Mithun still good...

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  • Davi, Mangalure / Dubai

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Best Candidate Ivan , Mithun or Harsh ..... If Abaya contest BJP will win 100%......

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  • chittaranjan, mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    In Mudabidri Constitution Mithun can Give some fight for BJP.

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Good thing is a mature leader knows when to exit and make way for others

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Moily Son and I van D'souza is best candidate in moodabidri to win BJP... hahaha.. moodbidri already gone to BJP no need other candidate here...

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  • Deepak Salian, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Lol make in India is a big success please come to India rather than sitting and commenting from Dubai.. lolzzzz

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Deepak Salian, Mangalore
    Make in India big success because of NRI's Investment.. sitting in India commenting to NRI is so easy...

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  • Ullas, Moodbidri

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Now moodabidri gone to bjp??? After election moodbidri will leave bjp

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Best of luck for both.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Without EVM,
    All BJP candidates will loose deposits ...

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne !! All Dongi party supporters dream the same !

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  • Rajesh, Manglore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    You should change your name to Jossey Kejriwal

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  • Alphonoso Rodrigues, Udupi

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Jossey, So you mean to say that, Mr, Janardhana Baazigar Poojaris record breaking defeat 5 times in a row was due to EVM tampering. Not a BJP supporter, but lets not hype the Congis and make tall claims before the elections, to ensure 2014 does not repeat.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, May 15 2017

    JP is not defeated by bjp,

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  • Amith, USA

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Mango Season going to END very soon!!!!!! Hahaha hahaha hahaha. ........

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Today you got exposed ...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Mon, May 15 2017

    Your frustration about evm is in expected line.
    You could not prove EVM tampering...
    Nach na athe to aangan teda

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