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Litterateur versus tech czar

UR Ananthamurthy has queered R Chandrasekhar?s pitch in the run-up to RS polls, reports BR Srikanth.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 16:51 IST
BR Srikanth
BR Srikanth

Jnanpeeth laureate UR Ananthamurthy on Friday queered telecom tycoon Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s pitch in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled for March 28. The litterateur (73) filed his nomination papers to challenge Chandrasekar on his pet card — Kannadiga versus the outsider.

In an 11th hour move, the man behind the proposal to rename the tech hub ‘Bengaluru’ entered the fray with the support of All India Progressive Janata Dal legislators and Independents.

He has sought the support of parties on the grounds that a Kannadiga ought to make it to RS in the golden jubilee year of the state’s formation. “I’ve been trying to inculcate the concept of political conscience. All parties should refrain from issuing a whip and allow legislators to vote according to their conscience,” Ananthamurthy said.

Interestingly, Chandrasekhar filed another set of nomination papers on Friday with the support of 10 BJP legislators. His first set of papers were signed by JD(S) legislators. In New Delhi, the BJP supported Chandrasekar’s candidature. The announcement was made by M Venkiah Naidu after a meeting of the party’s central election committee.

First Published: Mar 18, 2006 01:51 IST