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Politics of harvest! JD(S), Congress leaders ponder over mayoral polls

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Mysuru: Sankranti festival further levelled the field for sowing the seeds for politics  of consensus, with Janata Dal ( Secular) and Congress leaders coming out together in open ahead of mayoral elections on January 18.

On January 15, JD(S) and Congress leaders  jointly addressed media under the leadership of MLA and former minister Sa Ra Mahesh. Mahesh told “Like previous year, we will be teaming up and share the power in MCC council”. 
Similarly this year also we both have joined hands and will face mayor and deputy mayor elections. This year mayor post is reserved to category of BCA woman and deputy mayor post for SC category. Both the party’s high command will decide on suitable candidates and we all vote for them”, he added. 
Last year former CM H D Kumaraswamy and Congress leader Siddaramaiah had jointly selected candidates. Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath and deputy mayor Shafi Ahmed worked best in their term, he claimed. 
Congress MLC R Dharmasena also expressed similar opinion and said “we will retain power in Mysuru City Corporation”, he added. 
Mahesh said “On January 14, I met GT Devegowda at Bengaluru Railway station and invited him to the meeting. He has reiterated his commitment to support the party’s nominee”, Sara Mahesh said. 
Mahesh strictly warned the JDS corporators not to disclose the details of the resort where they will be staying from January 16 till the elections.
MLC K T Srikantegowda, former MLA MK Somashekar, Congress city president R Murthy, JD(S) leader Prof K S Rangappa, Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath, Deputy Mayor Shafi Ahmed, former mayor R Lingappa, corporators from both the parties were present.
As per the schedule, the filing of nomination papers for mayoral elections will take place from 7.30 am to 9.30 am on January 18. The election, if necessary, will take place at 11.30 am the same day.
The total number of voters are 74 including Corporators, MLAs and MLCs and MP. Any party to ascend power requires 38 votes.
Parties strength
Total -65 
JDS -18 
BJP- 22
Congress -19
Independent- 5
MLA- 4
MLC- 4
MP- 1
– Team Mysoorunews

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