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After Dhruvanarayan’s death, chorus grows for his son Darshan as Nanjangud candidate

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Mysuru: Five days since Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Working President R Dhruvanarayan passed away due to heart attack on March 11, voices are growing to groom his son D Darshan as his political successor.

The reason- forthcoming Assembly elections and Dhruvanarayan’s plans to return to State politics by trying his luck again from Nanjangud (SC Reserve) constituency.

On the eve of his death too, Dhruvanarayan had returned home late in the night after addressing a gathering of his supporters in Nanjangud Assembly constituency, to bolster them ahead of the crucial elections.

The chances of Dhruvanarayan who enjoyed the support of people irrespective of community, winning the elections was also bright, if gone by the opinions pouring in, even before and after his death.

It was evident again after his death, when some of the supporters wanted the top leaders- AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge, KPCC President D K Shivakumar, Opposition Leader in Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah and others to announce ticket for Darshan to contest elections from Nanjangud.

It’s not that easy, given the system in practice with Congress Highcommand being the decisive authority. 

The chorus has been growing with the people airing their opinions online too, on various social media in favour of Darshan.

It’s obvious that whenever a leader- irrespective of elected representative or a prominent leader dies, sympathy plays a major role in catapulting their kin to sudden limelight.

No doubt, Darshan also enjoys the same sympathy and if taken into count, the previous elections, majority by-election, sympathy has played a key role in garnering the votes and electing the family members of the deceased leader to either Assembly or Parliament.

If pitted in the election, the victory chances of Darshan also looks brighter, considering not just the sympathy, but also the works of his father, who twice represented Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha constituency from 2009 to 2019.

Nanjangud Assembly constituency comes under Chamarajanagar LS constituency and definitely, the vote bank Dhruvanarayan enjoyed, will definitely favour Darshan too.

However, things are beyond what meets the eye, as another leader and former minister Dr H C Mahadevappa too is also a strong contender for ticket from Nanjangud constituency.

For Mahadevappa, it’s a do or die like situation as he has to regain his clout in politics, in Mysuru district, overcoming the shock defeat he suffered at the hands of a political novice C Ashwin Kumar, a former ZP member in T Narasipur Assembly constituency in 2018 elections.

Mahadevappa wants to vacate T Narsipur constituency for his son Sunil Bose to contest the forthcoming election, while he is eyeing Nanjangud constituency, but the death of Dhruvanarayan has changed the political weather for now.

It’s a tricky situation for Congress too, as it ceded its stronghold Nanjangud constituency to BJP in 2018 Assembly elections, with a tyro B Harshavardhan defeating the sitting Congress MLA Kalale Keshavamurthy also the relative of R Dhruvanarayan.

Harshavardhan is the grandson of dalit leader and former Minister late B Basavalingappa and son-in-law of V Sreenivas Prasad the BJP MP of Chamarajanagar.

Dhruvanarayan had lost his hatrick chance of victory in Chamarajanagar, when Sreenivas Prasad defeated him, rather surprisingly by a slender margin of 1,817 votes in 2019 parliamentary election.

In many ways, the elections to Nanjangud Assembly constituency and Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha constituency are related, for the candidates and their foothold, as Sreenivas Prasad too was the MLA twice from Congress from Nanjangud (2008 and 2013), till he switched over to BJP in 2017.

However in the high voltage by-election to Nanjangud constituency held in 2017, Sreenivas Prasad had to suffer humiliating defeat against Kalale Keshavamurthy by a huge margin of 21,000 votes. 

– Team Mysoorunews 

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