Mysuru: Film producer and MLC S Nagaraju’s ( Sandesh Nagaraj) efforts to get ticket for third straight contest in the forthcoming election to Legislative Council from Mysuru- Chamarajanagar local bodies constituency was not less than filmy.
It had all- last minute developments, hectic lobbying and all out efforts and twist and turns- but the climax was not the seasoned politician in Sandesh thought.
All his efforts to get ticket either from BJP or JDS flopped and the new entrant C N Manjegowda walked out with JDS ticket with ease. In BJP R Raghu Kautilya was freed with ticket.
Sandesh though a JDS MLC had maintained distance from former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy since the previous Assembly elections held in 2018. As his younger brother and former mayor Satish (Sandesh Swamy) shifted loyalties to BJP and his son Sathwik also elected on BJP ticket to Mysuru City Corporation, buzz was that Sandesh will also follow the suit. Sandesh also had openly announced that he was partially with JDS, dropping hints of embracing saffron party ahead of Council polls.
He was also uber confident as his brother Swamy was hobnobbing with Mysuru- Kodagu MP Prathap Simha, MLA Nagendra as the duo is in the coterie of Revenue Minister R Ashok.
But, the tough stand taken by the party high command at the insistence of BJP Vice- President B Y Vijayendra in favour of R Raghu Kautilya nixed the chances of Sandesh.
Unfazed Sandesh knocked on the doors of JDS again and also met former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and MLA Sa Ra Mahesh. At the end it was a neat flop show, as Kumaraswamy was not in the mood to entertain Sandesh.
Amid speculations that Sandesh will jump into the fray as independent, he released a communique expressing his unwillingness to contest again.
He didn’t forget to thank the voters for giving the opportunity to serve them for 12 years. He was elected as MLC for two consecutive terms.
Had he remained loyal to Kumaraswamy, the chances of getting ticket were more and so also his victory.
– Team Mysoorunews