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BJP starts Codava wooing ahead of general elections

Even as the Codavan National Council (Codava Parliament) was announcing its boycott of general elections, Chief Minister BS Yeduyrappa landed in Madikeri to participate in the centenary celebrations of Codava Gowda Vidhya Sangha on Saturday morning.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2009 21:35 IST
Kuchi Venkat Lakshmana

Even as the Codavan National Council (Codava Parliament) was announcing its boycott of general elections, Chief Minister BS Yeduyrappa landed in Madikeri to participate in the centenary celebrations of Codava Gowda Vidhya Sangha on Saturday morning.

His visit is being seen as a further step to consolidate the hold of the BJP over the Codava Gowda community that supported the BJP strongly in the assembly elections held last year and elected all three MLAs of the party.

It was nearly a two kilometres long process of the rich Codava Gowda traditions and cultural heritage that wounded its way through the lanes and bylanes of this small Coffee plantation hill station before culminating at the celebration venue, a college run by the Gowda Vidya Sangha.

Chief Minister too, like all speakers before him, paid rich tributes to field Marshal KM Caripappa and General KC Thimmaya, which always helps strike an emotional chord with the Coorgis who largely prefer to enter the defence services and other fighting forces.