Bangalore, Apr 13 (): Congress and BJP will get 13 seats each in Karnataka, opinion polls say and give JD(S) two seats. Congress which was at an disadvantage at the start and after Yeddyurappa having rejoined BJP shifted the caste equations.
However, in the past two weeks the lost ground has been gained by Congress. Except in capital city and in urban areas exists a Modi wave while the rural areas are still with Congress.
The State sees some exciting contests. Aadhar card fame and billionaire-Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani has turned a contest between BJP seven-time MP Aanth Kumar a “heavyweight versus newbie ” to neck to neck race.
BJP’s Ananth Kumar has won five times and is close to the mostly middle and lower middle class dominated constituency which has not returned any Congress candidate, except in 1989.
Nandan Nilekani, the former IT honcho has mastered the electoral politics. Kumar’s victory margins has dropped from 65,000 in 1999 to 37,000 in 2009. The buzz is that Nandan might be a giant killer.
In yet another contest with actress Ramya, a Congress sitting MP in Mandya has fallen out with her mentor Housing Minister M H Ambareesh who returned from Singapore after a surgery. Ambareesh’s jibe at Ramya’s tweets at a press meet in Bangalore on Friday, said her messages on Twitter and WhatsApp cannot reach the people of Mandya , but should instead tour the constituency.
Ramya replied in a tweet that she is connecting with those on the social media, and also meeting people. She said that the future belongs to technology. Ambareesh who represents Mandya as MLA did not mention Ramya’s name in his road show. He was given an aarti welcome by Ramya and Congress workers but he gave her a piece of his mind to her. She walked out of the house of Congress leader Chandrasekhar in a huff.