Nanjangud sets stage for Prasad's 'entry' into K'taka politics

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Mysore, May 5 (UNI) The Nanjangud Assembly segment in the district, converted to a reserved constituency after the delimitation exercise, is in the limelight with former Union Minister V Srinivas Prasad making his entry into Karnataka politics by contesting from the constituency as a Congress candidate in the coming Assembly elections.

Mr Prasad's return to the Congress fold and his subsequent entry into the state politics was expected to make a significant impact on the elections in the undivided Mysore-Chamarajanagara district.

Mr Prasad, a five-time Lok Sabha member from Chamarajanagara (reserved) constituency, having a strong support of the Dalits in the region, would take on BJP's S Mahadevaiah and JD(S)' Keshva Murthy in the triangular contest.

Mr Prasad began his political career unsuccessfully by contesting from Krishnaraja Assembly constituency in Mysore during the early seventies. His tryst with national politics began on a winning note when he won the Chamarajanagara seat in 1980.

Mr Prasad quit the Congress before the 1996 polls during the P V Narasimha Rao regime, and joined the Lok Shakti, headed by former Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde, which later merged with the JD(U).

He won the Chamarajanagara seat as a JD(U) candidate in 1999 and went onto become a minister in the BJP-led NDA government.

Subsequently, Mr Prasad became a part of the Samata Party, led by former Union Minister George Fernandes, and then joined the JD (S).

He quit the party in protest against party supremo and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda's ''family politics.'' UNI BSP SJ JT RK1730

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