Dust settles on Cong, JD (S) differences in Karnataka
The differences among the warring groups in Congress and Janata Dal(S), the chief contenders in 'sugar bowl' of Mandya in Karnataka, seemed to have ended and the two parties leaders today claimed that they have vowed to fight the election unitedly.
The Congress groups headed by Minister M H Ambareesh and followers of veteran leader S M Krishna have been at loggerheads but they claimed to have 'agreed' to fight unitedly for actor-turned politician Ramya, the youngest parliamentarian in the outgoing Lok Sabha.
Similarly, JD(S) candidate C M Puttaraju, who is gaining ground, faced factional fights within the party in the Cauvery belt.
Leaders from both the parties claimed that the discontent had blown over even as the battle lines are drawn for April 17 polling in this Old Mysore area.
The 'sugar land' has become crucial for both Congress and JD(S) and its leaders, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.
Mr Gowda's son H D Kumaraswamy is leading the campaign for JD(S), while Mr Siddaramaiah has high stakes in winning Mysore-Kodagu, Chamarajanagar and Mandya in this region.
Incidentally, in a recent by-election, JD(S) had conceded defeat in its two bastions of Mandya and Bangalore Rural to Congress.
So, two main competing parties Congress and JD(S) are now going all guns blazing to clinch victory.
Both the parties have managed to resolve differences within at opportune time and working as a team.
Congress sources claimed that both Mr Krishna, the veteran leader who is launching his campaign in the state from tomorrow, and Mr Ambareesh, who is recovering from an ailment in a Singapore hospital, have 'united' and all the dust amid the summer heat 'settled'.
(Posted on 02-04-2014)