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Veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge looks perturbed over his reelection from Kalaburagi?

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 5 2019 12:48PM
Veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge looks perturbed over his reelection from Kalaburagi?
By Manohar Yadavatti Bengaluru,05 March(HS):size="3">Mallikarjun Kharge,Veteran Congress leader and leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party group in Lok Sabha with a record distinction of getting elected to the Karnataka Assembly continuously for nine times and twice from the Kalaburagi reserved Lok Sabha constituency seems to be perturbed over his winning spree in the ensuing Parliamentary polls. In fact if one were to glance at his track record of winning elections one after another in a row for 11 times it would be too difficult to relish the new game plan now set forth by the Bharatiya Janata Party for unseating him in his unconquered bastion so far. Dr Umesh Jadhav,Congress MLA from Chincholi constituency in Kalaburagi district put papers to his membership of the state Assembly Yesterday.He did so by personally handing over his resignation letter to KR Rameshkumar,Speaker of the state Assembly at the latter''s house in Kolar district. He is said to be quitting the Congress party today and joining the BJP tomorrow at a public meeting to be addressed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP sources have already confirmed his candidature to the Kalaburagi Lok Sabha reserved constituency. Interestingly Dr Umesh Jadhav is a protege of the senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. It was with the blessings of the latter that the then bureaucrat bid adieu to his government job and became an Congress legislator in the subsequent elections during 2013.He was also reelected from the Chincholi reserved constituency during the May 2018 general elections. Prior to his innings in politics he was serving as a surgeon in the Kalaburagi government hospital. Incidentally Kalaburagi also happens to be his birth place as well.The reasons for this one time disciple all of a sudden becoming a bete noire are plenty according to the well wishers of the Jadhav brothers. According to the tacit understanding between the Jadhavs'' and the Bharatiya Janata Party Ramachandra Jadhav,elder brother of Dr Umesh Jadhav has been tipped to be rewarded with the party ticket to contest in the bye elections from Chincholi constituency. But the path of Dr Umesh Jadhav isn''t all that rosy as is being depicted in certain quarters as of now.He is under the threat of being disqualified from his membership as per the recommendation of Siddaramaiah,Congress legislature party leader and presently Chairman of the coordination committee of the alliance parties. In such an development Dr Umesh Jadhav will be forfeiting his right to contest from anywhere else forget even the thought of unseating Mallikarjun Kharge. But much depends upon the ruling of KR Rameshkumar,who has both the recommendation letter for disqualification as well as the resignation letter with him on his table now. On the face of it one erstwhile follower ditching him and the party may not be a big worrisome factor to the tall leader of the Congress party.The assumption that the former government surgeon''s influence being restricted only to Chincholi is also not a grave reason to worry for Mallikarjun Kharge. Then what else is haunting the former trade union leader of the Kalaburagi based MSK Mills,you may ask.The doubt is genuine but the reasons being listed out for an uphill task are numerous and the list looks to be growing incessantly. The nomadic Lambanis originally said to have migrated from Rajasthan and other North Indian regions are sizable in numbers not only in Chincholi Assembly constituency but scattered across the Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency as well. Revu Naik Belamagi,former BJP minister and wrestler now with the Janata Dal Secular lost to Mallikarjun Kharge by a meagre margin of 13,404 votes in Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency during 2009 polls when it became a reserved constituency for the first time. But in the subsequent 2014 polls the victory margin of Mallikarjun Kharge against the same opponent registered a meteoric rise of 74,733 votes. The BJP''s Lambani community strong man was denied party ticket to contest from Kalaburagi Rural constituency during the May 2018 general elections.He quit the party and contested on the ticket of Janata Dal Secular but miserably failed to obstruct the chances of the BJP candidate winning the seat. So by election related arithmetic Revu Naik Belamagi apart from aging even his mass appeal over the constituency has started waning over a period of time.He is now being rumored to be planning to switch sides towards the Congress party. Apart from Dr Umesh Jadhav,two other erstwhile Congress legislators and intimate followers of Mallikarjun Kharge, Baburao Chinchansoor and Subhas Guttedar are also up in arms against the Congress strongman. Both of them are multiple time legislators with the Congress party while Baburao Chinchansoor fought to become a minister Subhas Guttedar failed to become one in spite of being elected for five times paving way to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. They are of the firm belief that their one time mentor cum Godfather Mallikarjun Kharge betrayed them and their political future in order to pass on the political mantle of the party and power in the district to his son Priyanka Kharge,now minister in the JDS-INC coalition government. These leaders belonging to the backward classes have a mass base of their own and jointly accuse Mallikarjun Kharge of ensuring their defeat in Gurumitkal and Aland Assembly constituencies during the May 2018 elections. Now these leaders along with Dr Umesh Jadhav have determined to give back Mallikarjun Kharge in his own style and strive to see that the undefeated Congressman so far also undergoes the experience and pain of what an electoral defeat means. Hindusthan Samachar/Manohar Yadavatti\
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