October 21, 2020 1:57:25 am
The upcoming bypolls to 2 Meeting seats in Karnataka could not have a bearing on celebration positions within the Home — with the BJP holding a cushty majority of 116 out of 224 seats — however they are going to be a matter of status for Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.
The November 3 bypolls at Sira in Tumkur district and Raja Rajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru come at a time when the Chief Minister faces allegations of corruption and interference in governance by members of his household.
The bypolls are additionally going to be vital for state Congress chief D Ok Shivakumar. Shivakumar too is being investigated by the CBI on prices of corruption and was arrested final 12 months in a cash laundering case. He has referred to as the bypolls a referendum on the BJP authorities headed by Yediyurappa.
The Sira seat fell vacant after JD(S) MLA B Satyanarayana died. The R R Nagar seat fell vacant in July 2019 after Congress MLA Munirathna Naidu crossed over to the BJP.
Whereas the Congress and BJP are attempting laborious to clinch a victory, the JD(S) too is a contender with a powerful help base in these areas.
The BJP, which has historically not fared effectively in south Karnataka, is seeking to show that the celebration’s victory within the Krishnarajpet bypolls final 12 months was not a flash within the pan however an indication of the celebration rising in power.
Yediyurappa’s youthful son B Y Vijayendra, who’s on the centre of the controversy over the corruption allegations, has been tasked with making certain the BJP’s victory in Sira.
For Yediyurappa, a victory within the bypolls, particularly in Sira, will present a shot at political redemption amid the corruption prices towards him and household. It is going to additionally bolster his political credibility earlier than the BJP’s central management, which is learnt to be mulling a change of management in Karnataka.
Vijayendra, who’s supervising the BJP marketing campaign, has claimed that the Opposition will likely be completed in Sira prefer it was completed in Krishnarajpet.
The BJP has fielded Dr Rajesh Gowda, a radiologist and political greenhorn, in Sira and the Congress has fielded veteran chief and former minister T B Jayachandra. The JDS has fielded Ammajamma, spouse of former MLA Satyanarayana, in an try to faucet a sympathy wave.
In RR Nagar, a stronghold of state Congress chief Shivakumar, the BJP has fielded new joinee and former Congress MLA Naidu, a movie producer identified for his philanthropic work.
The Congress has fielded 31-year-old H Kusuma, the daughter of a JDS chief and spouse of former IAS officer D Ok Ravi.
“Victories within the by polls are essential to Yediyurappa to show his credentials to celebration leaders,” a Congress chief stated.
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