Belagavi, Nov 26 : Janata Dal (Secular) party candidate Ashok Pujari, who is fighting from Gokak constituency for the fourth time where bypolls will be held along with other 14 assembly seats on December 5, has asked people for financial support.
Gokak is considered as a high-profile constituency in the state because the former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi quit the Congress and joined the BJP recently and contested from Gokak, while his younger brother Lakan Jarkiholi contested on Congress ticket.
According to media reports, Congress and BJP Candidates are financially stronger than the JDS candidate Ashok Pujari. Members from Jarkiholi family are also playing their roles in this election. Former minister Shatish Jarkiholi is supporting the Congress candidate Lakan Jarkiholi. While, Balachandra Jarkiholi and Bimshi Jarkiholi supporting the BJP candidate Ramesh Jarkiholi. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa also visited Gokak three days ago for the campaigning. He appealed to the Lingayath community voters to support BJP candidate Ramesh Jarkiholi.
JD(S) candidate Pujari started ''Jangama Jolige". Now, he asks voters to support him financially by carrying jolige (saffron color cloth bag). Mr Pujari visited Sunya Samapadha Mutt with the bag. Sunya Sampadhan Mutt is a holy place and very important to the Lingayath community in this part of the state. Mutt seer Murugarajendra Mahaswami blessed Pujari with the small donation. Pujari said, "We are Veerashiva Lingayath religion Jangam community and our community is with me," adding that this time he would win the election.
"Now, I am in politics and contesting the polls third time from the constituency. I had fought against Jarkiholi family, but I lost all three elections. At present, without financial support, winning election is very difficult," he said. Since Monday, Mr Pujari has been asking voters to help him financially in this poll. Many people, including seers, extended small financial help to him. Some voters also gave him assurance to vote him.
"People response is very good to 'Jangama Jolige'. Our community believed 'Jangama Jolige should not empty, it should be full always. People giving full support to me, some are offering some small financial help, along with food grains and other necessary requirements," he said.
"I will use this money only for election purpose. People are my strength. I hope that I would definitely win in this time," Pujari added. (UNI)