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None but Dhruvanarayan who knew the magic of that one vote!

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Mysuru: Former MP R Dhruvanarayan who passed away due to cardiac arrest here on Saturday is known for his clean image and a dedicated worker in the Congress circle.

Born in Heggavadi in Chamarajanagar district on 1961, July 31, Dhruvanarayan was a twice MP from Chamarajangar, represented Santemarahalli and Kollegal Assembly Constituency one each time.

In 1999, he had unsuccessfully contested from BJP opposite A R Krishnamurthy. Being an ardent follower of Rajashekharamurthy, he had joined BJP then. But after his defeat, he quit the party and joined Congress and his political graph just went northwards then.

Followers of politics in Mysuru, especially, may not forget the 2004 Assembly election results. As the counting was happening for Santemarahalli constituency, Congress candidate R Dhruvanarayan won with just one vote opposite A R Krishnamurthy. This was such a hair-raising incident that everyone had kept their fingers crossed. And with just one vote, he was declared a winner. His victory with just one vote has been etched in the history of elections that caught the whole nation’s attention.

However, after denotification, he successfully contested from Kollegal Assembly constituency. Later in 2009, he defeated BJP’s A R Krishnamurthy in Lok Sabha elections with 4,002 votes margin. Again, in 2014 general elections, he registered a massive vote margin against 1,41,182 votes to win against his opponent A R Krishnamurthy. He was expecting a hat-trick win in 2019, but he suffered defeat against BJP’s V Srinivas Prasad with 1,817 vote margin.

Known for his hard work, Dhruvanarayan was ahead of other Parliamentarians in utilising their PMLAD fund. The district witnessed a lot of development during his tenure as MP.

After his defeat, he was active as KPCC working president and was an aspirant for Congress ticket from Nanjangud. It was almost certain to give him ticket, too.

People of his constituency always appreciated him for his accessibility who would always come up with solutions to their problems. Much of credit to put Chamarajanagar on development track should go to him, believe many in Chamarajanagar.

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