Bangalore, Apr 13 UNI | 3 months ago

Campaigning for the April 17 Lok Sabha election to the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka has reached its peak as leaders and candidates wheeled across the segments at frenetic pace leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters.


With just two days left for public campaign to end, several silver screen stars with top political leaders vied with each other to attract the voters attention.

They were seen campaigning for various party candidates including Ramya (Congress) contesting from Mandya, Geetha Shivrajkumar (JD-S), daughter-in-law of Dadasab Palke Awardee late Rajkumar and daughter of former Chief Minister S Bangarappa, pitted against former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa (BJP) from Shimoga. BJP Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is almost the lone crusader for his party, except for National President Rajnath Singh addressing an election rally at Bellary and senior leader Venkaiah Naidu holding press conference, no other National leaders from the saffron party have campaigned.

Mr Modi has already made whirlwind tour of the state thrice and is expected to campaign two more times before the campaign

ends on April 15. Tomorrow, he is campaigning at Chikaballapur
for his party candidate and former Karnataka Minister B N Bachegowda who is pitted against Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas M Veerappa Moily (seeking re-election) and former
Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy and former Karnataka Minister B N Bachegowda.

Congress leaders, including AICC Supreme Sonia Gandhi, Vice-
President Rahul Gandhi have already campaigned at various segments twice in the State. Union Minister Anand Sharma, who also visited the State, restricted himself to press conference to detail out the achievements of UPA I and II.

Senior Congress leader and former External Affairs Minister
S M Krishna, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar and other leaders have involved themselves for the
victory of the party candidate. They were seen actively campaigning for billionaire Infosys co-founder turned politician
Nandan Nilekani.

Congress campaign got a boost with the arrival of film actor-
turned politician Karnataka Minister for Housing M H Ambarish.
He was on medical treatement in Singapore and rest at Malaysia
before arriving in the city yesterday.

Without wasting any time he swung into campaigning mode from
the very next day at his home constituency Mandya from where film actor-turned politician Ramya is attempting to retain her
Lok Sabha seat.

She was first elected to the Lok Sabha nine month back in the
by-election held following resignation of Mr Chaluvarayaswamy (JD-S) who got elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 2013
election.

While Mr Modi attacked Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and performance of UPA Government at the Centre, Congress leaders used their weapons to counter his claims with statistics of Gujarat State government performance.

Revelation of his martial status by Mr Modi was also strongly criticised by Congress leaders during campaign, questioning trustworthiness since he had lied about his marriage all these years. In their attempts, the candidates were seen visiting nook and corner of their constituencies to woo the voters whether they were on their morning walk, having coffee, waiting for bus to office or in grocery shops.

However, nature did not spare anybody and made each candidate and their followers sweat it out in their effort to woo the voters. Except for a few hours of heavy rain on April 10, mercury was at its peak during day time. In rural areas, the campaigners had to venture either early in the morning or wait till sun sets. Though agriculture activities are yet to begin in many parts of the State, the voters preferred to remain indoors because of heat wave condition especially in North Karnataka region. Crowd for public meetings by leaders can be expected only in the evening and mornings were restricted to hold talks at sheds with voters belonging to various section of the society.

(Posted on 13-04-2014)