Kalaburagi, Apr 9: Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency is the one of the High voltage constituencies in the state which is grabbing state-wide attention after Chincholi Congress rebel MLA Umesh Jadhav resigned from his assembly seat and joined the BJP with the intention of contesting the Kalaburargi Lok Sabha poll against Congress heavy weight Mallikarjun Kharge who had never lost an election so far and
won nine Assembly and two Lok sabha election till now.
Bitter battle is on the card between the Congress and BJP in Kalaburagi Lok sabha reserved constituency comprises eight Assembly constituency of which Congress holds four , the BJP three and the JD(S) one. The Congress leader in Lok sabaha Mallikajun Kharge will test his luck for the third time from this SC reserved constituency .However the BJP which is leaving no stone unturned to wrest the segment from the Congress has lured Chincholi Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav into the party fold. The BJP which has determined to wrest the seat from the Congress had roped in the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who had participated in a largely attended public meeting 'Vijaya Sankalpa Yathra' recently.
Whether Kharge will score a hat-trick or not is a different question. It is apparent that all his opponents have joined together to make Kharge bite dust the dust in this poll . Former ministers Mallikayya Guttedar and Baburao Chinchansur who were once close confidants of Kharge are now with the BJP and are waiting to settle political scores on the veteran congress leader, which they blame him for missing the cabinet berths in the previous Siddaramaiah's cabinet by accommodating his son Piyank Kharge . Malaka Reddy, another former minister, who is nursing grudge against Kharge had also resigned to the Congress and joined the Saffron party, recently. Umesh Gopaldev Jadhav , the doctor who had shunned medical practice to enter politics, had renewed the BJP hope to wrest the Kalaburagi Lok Sabha seat from veteran congress Leader Mr Kharge.
Well -aware of all this developments Mallikarjun Kharge along with his son Priyank Kharge had already begun the election campaign by inaugurating several developmental works and laying the foundation stone for several works for the past one month. From his crucial role in according special status to Hyderabad Karnataka under Article 371(J) to the expansion of the road network in the area, the establishment of an ESIC Medical Hub and a Central University of Karnataka, the sanctioning of Kalaburagi Railway Division and setting up of a rail coach factory at Kadechur during his brief stint as Railway Minister, Mr. Kharge’s campaign focuses on his achievements and the Congress’ promises to improve development in the region.
On the other hand, the BJP and Dr. Jadhav, who’s Assembly segment comes under the Bidar Lok Sabha seat, are relying heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma. Umesh Jadhav , who hails from the Banjara community which come under Scheduled cast community. The BJP is looking to consolidate caste based voters in it favour . Mainly , the saffron party will bank on Lingayaats ( 6 lakh ) they have traditionally voted for BJP and those for Banjaras , Billavas ( Chinchansur's community ) and Idigas (Guddedar's community ) all together including Banjars they are 3.8 lakh in the constituency .
The Congress is looking to consolidate the remaining SC, Backward
class and minority votes in favour of Kharge. Except 1996 and 1998 Gulbarga lok sabha constituency has been a fortress of Congress since 1951., Former chief minister Veerendra Patil , and Dharm singh represented this in 1980 and 1984 . In 1996 , Qumar Ul Islam who was then in Janata dal wrested it for the first time from the Congress. In subsequent polls , Basavaraj Patil Sedam , of BJP won in 1998 . now the BJP is trying to snatch this segments from Congress. UNI