All out campaign by Cong to regain Chikkodi seat in Karnataka
While sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Ramesh Katti exudes confidence of regaining his seat in Chikkodi constituency, his Congress counterpart Prakash Hukkeri is going all out in his effort to recover the seat which he had lost in the last election.
It was in 1991, Congress posted its last victory in the constituency; since then Congress is yet to register a victory. But the constituency goes to the polls tomorrow for the first time after the delimitation (2009) and being converted to a general constituency.
Before filing nomination, Hukkeri openly declared that he will not contest the election and instead wanted that his son get the ticket. But Congress high command insisted that he contest the election.
After filing nomination papers on March 29 along with Union Railway Minister Mallikharjun Kharge, Hukkeri started his campaign accompanied mainly by District in charge minister Satish Jharkilholi and Congress leader AB Patil.
In the 2009 election, Hukkeri lost to Katti by a thin margin. But this time, Hukkeri has decided to go all out in his effort and started rigorous campaigning. Wherever he goes, he is getting good support from the people.
BJP candidate Ramesh Katti is backed by the Modi wave. Katti is also having support from his elder brother Umesh Katti who is also an MLA from Hukkeri constituency. Apart from his elder brother, Katti has support of five of eight MLAs from the constituency.
He has the support of five BJP MLAs, Duryodana Aihole from Raibag, Lakshman Savadi from Athani, Shashikala Jolle from Nippani, Raju Kage from Kagwad, Umesh Katti from Hukkeri while Congress has backing from just two MLAs, Satish Jharkilhoi from Yemakanamaradi (Cong).
The segment has a total electorate of 14,35,510 voters in Chikkodi constituency, including 6,94,440 women voters and 63 others.
The role of Lingayat, Jain communities and Marathi speaking voter will be crucial to the winning candidate.
(Posted on 16-04-2014)