Karnataka meeting elections 2023: Will ex-CM Siddaramaiah strike gold in Kolar? | Bengaluru Information

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BENGALURU: Though he has been the voice of the Congress for over a decade now and is one in all few mass leaders within the state, opposition chief and former chief minister Siddaramaiah has struggled in current instances in electoral politics. He has been pressured to vary constituencies on multiple event or combat from twin seats to keep away from defeat.
This meeting elections are not any completely different. After weighing professionals and cons for almost two years, the 71-year-old Siddaramaiah, who’s aspiring to grow to be CM once more, has zeroed in on Kolar seat largely attributable to caste equations within the section. There have been studies that he might contest from one other constituency, as he did in 2018 (from Badami and Chamundeshwari), however he dismissed these ideas.
The Congress stalwart has contested eight elections from Chamundeshwari since 1983 and received 5 of them. He additionally received twice (in 2008 and 2013) from neighbouring Varuna earlier than relinquishing the seat to his son, Yathindra.
Siddaramaiah’s confidants imagine will probably be a cakewalk for him in Kolar. Of the two.3 lakh voters, 70% belong to Ahinda (a Kannada acronym for minorities, different backward courses, and Dalits) class. There are almost 30,000 Kuruba voters (OBC), a neighborhood to which he belongs.
“Muslim votes (almost 40,000) will consolidate behind Siddaramaiah since he has been the only voice of the minority neighborhood within the state,” mentioned Saleem Ahmed, KPCC working president. Former council chairman and senior Congress functionary BL Shankar mentioned: “Not simply Ahinda, however all different communities are more likely to help Siddaramaiah as a result of they see him as a possible CM candidate and so they know there can be a bounty if Congress wins.”
Siddaramaiah was persuaded to run from Kolar by his loyalists, former speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and former minister Krishna Byregowda, who hails from the district. JD(S) MLA Srinivas Gowda, who at the moment represents Kolar and who fell out along with his get together management, has additionally provided to step apart to facilitate Siddaramaiah’s candidature.
Occasion sources say the previous CM cleared one other hurdle by promising a KH Muniyappa, seven-time Kolar MP, a ticket to contest the meeting polls. Muniyappa has been nursing a grudge in opposition to Siddaramaiah ever since he misplaced his MP seat in 2019.
However others – notably former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S) – have warned Siddaramaiah in opposition to contesting from Kolar. They are saying he’s being made a scapegoat by his personal partymen.
Kurubas, on whom Siddaramaiah is relying, are a divided home. Whereas the district Kuruba Sangha’s working president, JK Jayaram, has vowed to help Siddaramaiah, its president, Muniyappa, has determined to again Varthur Prakash, a Kuruba who received twice (in 2008 and 2013) from the seat as an impartial. Prakash is more likely to run for BJP this time.
JD(S) received Kolar in 2018, bagging 46.2% of the vote, regardless of fielding a Vokkaliga candidate (Srinivas Gowda). Congress bagged 21.5% of the vote with a Muslim candidate (Syed Zameer Pasha). Now that Srinivas is becoming a member of Congress, Siddaramaiah is hoping these votes will shift to him. Nonetheless, JD(S), led by Kumaraswamy and CM Ibrahim, is predicted to go to nice lengths to woo Muslim and Vokkaliga voters to dent Siddaramaiah’s fortunes.
There’s additionally palpable anger amongst a bit of Dalits, largely Muniyappa’s supporters. Vokkaligas too are cautious of Siddaramaiah profitable because it might deny DK Shivakumar or HD Kumaraswamy the possibility of changing into CM.
(With inputs from Ok Ranganath in Kolar)

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