While, the by-elections for three Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats turned to be first major acid test for the five-month old JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, the main focus is now turned to Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat. As all the three main contenders here are children of former chief minister’s of the state, the poll becomes prestigious one to each party.
While BY Raghavendra is the son of BJP’s state president BS Yeddyurappa who is a former Chief Minister and is currently the leader of opposition in the assembly, the Congress-JD(S) coalition partners have nominated Madhu Bangarappa, the son of former Chief Minister Bangarappa, while the Janata Dal (United)’s candidate is Mahima Patel, whose father JH Patel was also the Chief Minister of the state.
The by-election is needed with the resignation of BJP’s Yeddyurappa, after he elected to Assemly in last May elections. This has turned to be a prestige fight between the three premier political families of the state, though the main contest being between the BJP and the coalition government’s candidate.
Raghavendra had represented the Shivamogga LS constituency between 2009-2014, but had vacated it for his father. However, Yeddyurappa who contested the 2018 assembly polls and had a short-lived tenure as the chief minister of the state again, had to resign his parliamentary seat, leading to polls.
Though the winning candidate may not have more than six months of time in office, as general elections are expected to be held around April, next year, the coalition partners are leaving no stone untouched to defeat BJP’s candidate. They seems to be determined a tough fight by fielding Madhu Bangarappa, whose father also was not only a former CM of the state, but also represented the same Lok Sabha seat four times.