The most happening topic right now is all about the upcoming Karnataka Elections 2018. And there’s no second thought about the cut-throat battle field created by the BJP party for the Congress to survive. CM Siddaramaiah is right now facing the situation of total dilemma, soughting out ways to move out victorious from the battlefield.
Halekaamana Koppala is a small village of “around 450 votes” as villagers describe their forested corner of Chamundeshwari assembly constituency. It is surrounded by forest land, but residents here do not have land deeds and fear being evicted by the authorities, especially if the man representing the constituency, G.T. Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal manages to defeat Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari in the 12 May polls.
“We have gone to him (Gowda) a few times, but he refuses to see us because we are not from his caste,” Ramesh, a 27-year-old farmer says.
With barely a month to go for the elections, the Congress is banking on Siddaramaiah to retain power in the state and also help the party’s fortunes in next year’s Lok Sabha polls. But Siddaramaiah’s decision to switch his constituency from Varuna to Chamundeshwari has kept the Congress on the edge.
Siddaramaiah debuted as a legislator from Chamundeshwari in 1983 and has won five times from there since then. Forced to contest the bypolls from Chamundeshwari in 2006 after he quit the JD(S), Siddaramaiah scraped through with a thin margin of 257 votes. In 2008, he won from Varuna constituency, but decided to return to Chamundeshwari to make way for his son Yathindra Siddaramaiah to contest from Varuna.
“As soon as we tell him (Gowda) the name of our village, we are denied a meeting,” Krishna, another resident of this Kuruba caste-dominated village says, citing the caste identity as the main reason for the neglect. Unlike the village, Chamundeshwari is a Vokkaliga dominated constituency and Gowda is a Vokkalikga. Siddaramaiah is a Kuruba.
“Farmers don’t make this distinction of caste. Only politicians do,” 42-year-old Nagaraj, a resident of Varuna village, says referring to the state government’s decision to give minority religion status to Lingayats, believed to be the largest caste group in the state. “We are constantly reminded of our caste now,” he adds.
“Lingayats, Vokkaligas, Naiks, Dalits…everyone supported Siddaramaiah. But they now feel that he supports just one community,” Gowda says.
Siddaramaiah has spent four straight days in Chamundeshwari, almost limiting his presence to the two constituencies (including Varuna) when the Congress is looking at the Chief Minister to mobilize support across the state.
Chamundeshwari is an acknowledged stronghold of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (S). Since 2006, the Vokkaliga community that appears to revere the former PM and his son, HD Kumaraswamy, has been upset with former JDS state president Siddaramaiah for going against them. Siddaramaiah belongs to the Kuruba (shepherd) caste which is considered lower in the social hierarchy.
Karnataka is important for the BJP as a success here will mark a re-entry in the south by regaining a state it lost to the Congress five years ago after a rebellion by its senior leader BS Yeddyurappa. In a turn of events, Yeddyurappa, who returned to the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is leading the party campaign, while the party will bank on PM Modi as its mascot.
Dear Kannadigas, Our redemption from the tyrannical rule of Siddaramaiah is not far.
On May 15th,
1.BJP will win with thumping majority
2. BSYBJP will become 23rd CM from NDA
3. We will be a step closer to Congress Mukth Bharata.
Our redemption from the tyrannical rule of @siddaramaiah is not far.
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) March 27, 2018
In Congress govt DK Ravi was killed, no killer arrested. DSP Ganapati was forced to committee suicide due to corruption and torture. D Roopa transferred for honesty. Many hindu, RSS people murdered by radical elements This govt flew Mallya, Nirav out of India.
In Congress govt
DK Ravi was killed, no killer arrested.
DSP Ganapati was forced to committee suicide due to corruption and torture.
D Roopa transferred for honesty.
Many hindu, RSS people murdered by radical elements
This govt flew Mallya, Nirav out of India.
— ૐ҉ त्रयम्बकं (@ombjpwins) March 27, 2018
A. Narayana, political analyst and faculty at the Azim Premji University, Bengaluru says that Siddaramaiah staked his and his party’s chances just to secure his son’s political future.
“This is a very un-Siddaramaiah like step,” he says. Villagers from Lingayat-dominated Nagawala village say that they will support the JD(S) and work against the Chief Minister, who broke up their community. Though the Kurubas are rallying behind Siddaramaiah, the Vokkaligas haven’t made up their mind as yet.
No one wants to elect a corrupt government. In Congress rule, state government loan amount has more than doubled. They can only think of chopping trees and building steel flyovers. No concrete steps to save farmers. No oxygen in 108 ambulances. Shame on those who are still in a plan to vote for Congress.