In Mysuru on Monday, former Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah and H.D. Kumaraswamy requested votes for the candidates from their respective parties in the upcoming elections to the Legislative Council from the South Graduates’ constituency. This was a boost for the campaign being run by Congress and JD(S), which will be competing against one another in these elections.
Mr Siddaramaiah went to the Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering in Mysuru to campaign for the Congress candidate Madhu Madegowda. Madhu Madegowda is the son of G. Madegowda, a former member of parliament and a farmer’s leader from Mandya. Mr Siddaramaiah is seeking first preference votes for Madhu Madego.
During his speech at the various educational institutions, Mr Siddaramaiah noted that, when he was serving as Chief Minister, the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission were implemented, which resulted in an increase of thirty percent in salaries for government employees. He was referring to the significant loss of jobs that had occurred during the current administration of the BJP, which had reflected negatively on the career prospects of graduates.
Before casting their votes, he urged the voters in the constituency to give some consideration to what the future holds for both themselves and the nation. Mr. Siddaramaiah was joined by a number of prominent members of the party, including the Working President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), R. Dhruvanarayan, as well as other party officials, such as the President of the Mysuru District Congress Committee, B.J. Vijaykumar. Vasu, the current Chairman of Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology and a former Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Congress, was also present at the event.
H.D. Kumaraswamy, the head of the JD(S), arrived in Mysuru on Monday afternoon and immediately began campaigning for H.K. Ramu, the candidate for the party, in the Vidyavardhaka College located in the Vijayanagar neighbourhood of Mysuru. Alongside him was a large group of JD(S) leaders, including a former minister named S.R. Mahesh and a party MLC named Srikantegowda.
According to sources within the JD(S), Mr Kumaraswamy would be going to the National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology, and JSS College on Tuesday in order to campaign for the party candidate and ask students to vote for him.
The stepping up of campaigning by Congress and JD (S) in Mysuru comes after a sustained campaign by the BJP, which brought a battery of leaders including former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi and Shobha Karandlaje, and other State Ministers including B.C. Nagesh and C.N. Ashwathnarayana, as well as former Minister S Suresh Kumar to campaign for party candidate M
To campaign in the constituency that spans Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, and Hassan districts, the Minister for Cooperation, S.T. Somashekar, who is also the Minister in charge of Mysuru district, is largely setting up camp in Mysuru. Somashekar is also the Minister in charge of the Mysuru district.
While the incumbent Member of Legislative Council (MLC) for the JD(S), Srikanth Gowda, decided not to run for reelection and is instead campaigning for his party’s candidate, H.K. Ramu, the BJP has renominated Mr Ravishankar, who was defeated by the JD(S) in the previous election by a narrow margin.
KPCC spokesperson Venkatesh said the party was on a firm footing in the ensuing elections with Mr Madhu Madegowda, who enjoys widespread support and goodwill from the electorate across the constituency, beginning his campaign early. Despite the fact that Congress has never won the elections to the Legislative Council from the South Graduates’ constituency, Venkatesh said the party was on a firm footing in the upcoming elections.
It is estimated that more than 1.35 lakh graduates will become eligible to vote in the elections that will take place on June 13 of this year.