Mahima Patel stands apart among all the contestants in Karnataka

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Bangalore, May 14 (UNI) Mr Mahima Patel, son of late former Karnataka Chief Minister J H Patel, seeking re-election from Channagiri assembly constituency, stand apart uniquely in seeking the support of voters in the on-going assembly elections to Karnataka.

Mr Patel, is making waves in the high-pitch political battle which is witnessing in Karnataka by observing 'Fast' ever since he had filed his nomination papers as the candidate of 'Swarnayuga' party which he had floated just before the announcement of elections to the Karnataka Assembly.

While all the other contestants elsewhere in Karnataka were busy holding public meetings, luring voters with promises and involved in one-upmanship against others to woo the voters Mahima Patel, was observing fast at a make-shift tent erected near 'Shanthisagar' one of Asia's largest sweet water lakes situated in his constituency.

Patel, while observing fast in his tent, receives villagers of his constituency who pledges support and also offers donations. He also enquires about their well being and request them to vote if they found him a better candidate among all the other contestants.

Patel's daily diet is in liquid form. He consumes only lime water and milk in the night. He had won the previous 2004 assembly elections by holding "padayathra' and strictly resorted to his resolve not to use money or liquor in the run-up to the elections.

Son of late Karnataka Chief Minister J H Patel, Mahima Patel was the JD(S) member of the dissolved assembly and was the first legislator to register his protest and resign from the party after the leaders H D Devegowda and H D Kumaraswamy chose not to honour the political pact signed with BJP and transfer power to it.

He formed a new outfit 'Swarnayuga' and registered it with Election Commission of India as a regional party. Over a dozen of party candidates were contesting elections in Shimoga, Davanagere, Hassan and Chitradurga district on the party ticket this time.

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