Gowda fires his first salvo at Cong, BJP
The Janata Dal (Secular) on Thursday announced a list of 15 candidates to spoil the party for both the BJP and the Congress. For, many of its candidates can hit the BJP’s comeback man, BS Yeddyurappa, and some key Congress leaders.india Updated: Mar 21, 2014 00:54 IST
The Janata Dal (Secular) on Thursday announced a list of 15 candidates to spoil the party for both the BJP and the Congress. For, many of its candidates can hit the BJP’s comeback man, BS Yeddyurappa, and some key Congress leaders.
Leading the list is former PM Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda, who will contest from his home town Hassan. The 80-year-old from the politically influential Vokkaliga community is a four-time MP from Hassan.
Announcing that this would be his last bid in a general election, Gowda said he would face the sitting Congress MLA from Arkalgud, A Manju, and the two-time Mysore MP, C H Vijayshankar of the BJP.
Gowda’s son and former CM H D Kumaraswamy will face Union minister M Veerappa Moily in Chikballapur.
Interestingly, former Congress Union minister C K Jaffer Sharief wrote to his party bosses last month, asking them to “respect Deve Gowda’s stature” and not to field a candidate against him.
But CM Siddaramaiah, in no mood to give a walkover to his old rival and former party colleague, would campaign hard for Manju.
Gowda, meanwhile, has offered Sharief a ticket from Mysore, since the Congress denied him Bangalore Central. He has also offered a ticket to Congress dissident and former police chief H T Sangliana from Bangalore North.
The JD(S) is also gunning for Yeddyurappa, who is contesting from his hometown Shimoga. They have fielded Geeta Shivarajkumar, daughter-in-law of the late Kannada matinee idol, Rajkumar, against Yeddyurappa.
Shivarajkumar is also the daughter of the late Idiga community leader S Bangarappa, four-time MP and former CM.
The fight between Yeddy-urappa and Shivarajkumar is being seen as a faceoff between two powerful communities – the forward Lingayat caste and the backward Idigas. This is also being seen as a fight between the competing ideologies of Hindutva and social justice.
In Tumkur, another key constituency for the Congress, the JD(S) has fielded A Krishnappa, who was in the Congress for three decades until he quit last summer.