Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Changes Constituency, to Contest from Chamundeshwari
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has decided to change his constituency for the forthcoming assembly elections to be held in May. He has chosen to fight elections from the constituency where his political journey as a legislature had started – Chamundeshwari assembly constituency. The chief minister is presently an MLA from the Varuna constituency.
Siddaramaiah will not contest from Varuna Constituency
According to news reports, the chief minister has been elected to form the Chamundeshwari Constituency on five previous occasions and recently he had gone there on an election campaign tour to ‘reconnect with the people’ there.
This is a crucial election for the Karnataka chief minister because he would become only the second chief minister since 1985 to get re-elected to office. The last time a sitting chief minister managed to secure office for a second consecutive term was when Janata Party’s Ramakrishna Hedge achieved that feat.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena has announced that it will fight the Karnataka assembly polls on its own. The Maharashtra based party and an ally if the BJP in the NDA government has announced that it will fight from 60 seats alone and against the BJP in the May elections. This was announced by party MP Sanjay Raut.
This is not the first time that Sena has decided to field candidates against the BJP. Last year the party fought in several seats in the Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat elections against the BJP.
“Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had already announced that our party is going to contest elections independently and as a part of it, we have decided to go solo in Karnataka as well. We will contest around 50-60 seats but will support the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES), which represents the Marathi people living in disputed areas between Maharashtra and Karnataka,” Raut told the PTI.
And as election dates come closer, political discourse in the state is gaining traction. A so called ‘charge sheet’ was brought out against the incumbent Congress government by the BJP. This essentially was three booklets which lists the alleged failures of the Congress ruled state government on issues related to law and order, agriculture and ignoring the capital city of Bengaluru.
Women children and Dalits are being illtreated and subjected to atrocities and there has bene a three-fold increase in crime, alleges the BJP in its ‘charge sheet’ against the Congress government. Additionally, Hindutva activists are being killed and honest officials are being increasingly attached, the BJP further claimed.
Some of the other ‘charges’ on the ‘charge sheet’ include poor infrastructure in the cities, drug cartels openly committing crimes and a steep increase in the number of suicides by farmers in the last three years.
(Adapted from MoneyControl.com)