Thursday, February 7, 2008

Politicians use marriage party to malign opposition

ATHANI: Even though the dates for Assembly elections in the State are not yet declared, political activities in Athani taluk are gearing up.

The politicians are using every platform including ceremonies like marriages for their political gains.

Former MLA Shahajahan Dongergoan and his followers of Congress, who participated in a marriage ceremony at Aigali Cross of the taluk recently, distributed newspaper cuttings of a report published against the BJP. The said style of campaign surprised everybody present there.

Congress activists of Kagwad Assembly constituency, who want to field KLES chairman Prabhakar Kore from the segment, have already started campaigning to put pressure on Congress leaders.

They have already submitted memoranda to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and KPCC president Mallikarjun Kharge stating that the Congress could win the seat if Kore was fielded as the segment was dominated by Lingayats and Jains. Kore belongs to Lingayat community.

Raju Kage from BJP had won the seat in the last election. The BJP may give ticket again to Kage this time also. Kage is also a Lingayat.

Using the ‘caste calculations’ of Congress and BJP, former MLA Mohan Shah of JDS, who belongs to Jain community, had asked his party supremo H D Deve Gowda to give him the ticket.

He claimed that he can break the Jains and Lingayats votes to win the poll. Shah is state general secretary of JDS.

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