It is the 'Rebels and Losers' clan that will battle it out in Mandya Lok Sabha constituency.
The three big losers in the 2004 assembly polls--Ambareesh from Congress and Cheluvarayaswamy from JDS-are eyeing success from this closely-watched sugar belt of the state, while L R Shivaramegowda, who rebelled against Congress for denial of ticket, has plunged into the fray on BJP's "Lotus" symbol.
Mandya will also see the 'rebel star' fighting it out with the Congress 'rebel'-turned-BJP leader, Shivarame Gowda, transforming the tussle into a rather racy political script.
After a highly procrastinated decision to contest the polls, three-time MP Ambareesh from the Congress is hoping to script a successful sequel from this constituency, where he enjoys considerable clout. Mandya in the past month had witnessed some high drama akin to a potboiler when the sulking star refused to reveal his cards.
Ambareesh, who had been nursing a bruised ego after a shock defeat in the last assembly polls from Srirangapatnam assembly constituency, had made it clear he was unhappy over the treatment meted to him by the local Congress leadership and blamed them for engineering his defeat.
The BJP, which is desperately trying to widen their base in the Cauvery heartland, had tried to woo the hurt Congress MP.
The JDS, keen on widening its influence in this Vokkaliga belt, had also sent strong vibes that he would be welcomed. The long-drawn climax was finally scripted when the cine star agreed to contest the polls from the Congress,solving the much-in-news Mandya jigsaw puzzle.