Mandya/Mysuru, Apr 8: The stalemate over supporting each other candidates of JDS and Congress in Mandya continued as leaders and workers are not willing to work as per Coalition ethics.
Even today the congress flags were flying high in the campaign taken up by the film actor Yash in support of Sumalatha Ambareesh against Coalition partners JDS-Congress candidate Nikhil, Son of Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. A meeting between Coordination Committee Chairman Siddaramaiah and Congress leaders from Mandya on campaigning jointly for the Lok Sabha polls failed to make any breakthrough in Bengaluru.
Congress leaders N Chaluvaraya Swamy, one time strong JD-S leader, Ramesh Bandi Siddegowda and others refused to campaign for Nikhil despite former Siddaramaiah urged them to follow coalition theory.
Sumalatha’s entry into the fray in Mandya against Nikhil has divided the coalition partners, with several Congress workers backing her openly despite Congress High Command Dikat.
The Congress leaders of this Sugar Bowl District wanted Chief Minister Kumaraswamy to clarify who has 'back stabbed' as stated by him. The Congress leaders also questioned why they should be campaign for Nikhil, as they will be sidelined soon after the elections.
The big question mark exists now is whether they would take part in the election campaign by Rahul Gandhi in Mandya constituency on April 13. Congress leaders in Mandya claimed that there is still time to take a call on the matter.
Meanwhile, irrespective of their respective leaders and workers decision, both Nikhil and Sumalatha are sweating it out by carrying out campaigning in the rural areas.
However, in Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency, to dispel doubts over mistrust among the coalition partners, the leaders of both the parties held a joint press conference on Sunday to display their unity against the challenge posed by the BJP.
Senior leaders of both parties from the region including JD (S) State President A H Vishwanath, Ministers G T Devegowda and S R Mahesh besides former Ministers H C Mahadevappa and Tanveer Sait (both Congress) turned up for the conference and pledged to work together in the Lok Sabha elections.
Vishwanath hoped that the display of unity would draw the curtains on speculation over the lack of understanding between the two parties.
The conference comes after days of speculation over a possible absence of will and inclination among leaders and workers of the JD(S) to work for the victory of Congress candidates C.H. Vijayshankar in Mysuru and R. Dhruvanarayan in Chamarajanagar.
Devegowda said the leaders of both parties, who had fought against each other in the earlier elections, were in the process of ironing out their differences. He said he and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah too had not spoken after the Assembly elections, but held a discussion for 90 minutes recently.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mahesh warned JD(S) workers indulging in anti-party activities of penal action. Similarly, he expected Congress leaders to act against their workers in Mandya district, who were not campaigning for JD(S) candidate Nikhil. “If it is a question of Congress’ survival in Mysuru, it is a question of JD(S)’ survival in Mandya,” he added.
JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda and Siddaramaiah will hold joint election campaigns in Mysuru and Mandya regions soon, the leaders added.UNI