'Battle of Shikaripur' leads normal life to standstill

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{image-Karnataka boopadam_16052008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Shikaripur( Karnataka) May 16: With two 'tuskers' of Karnataka politics involved in a fierce battle for supremacy, normal life was affected as all roads lead to the polling stations came to a standstill in this town in Shimoga district today.

Shikaripur is witnessing a big fight between BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate B S Yaddyurappa and former Chief Minister and SP candidate S Bangarappa, who is supported by the Congress and the JD(S). Amidst tight security arrangements polling remained completely peaceful in this malnad town. Almost every shop including pan shops, textile showrooms, grocery stores, garages and eateries remained closed. Only a few pharmacies were seen open. In most places polling remained brisk since it started at 0700 hrs and in villages like Isooru, Kalmane, Gama and Church Hundi 50 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise before 1300 hrs.

The voters opined that the two leaders, well known for their high egos, were locked in a neck to neck fight.

Shimoga district had given four Chief Ministers to the state so far and whether it will give the fifth Chief Minister this time will depend on the victory of Mr Yaddyurappa and also BJP winning a majority on its own.

Learning a bitter lesson after being unceremoniously dumped by JD(S) in November last year that led to the mid-term polls, BJP has vowed that if it does not get a majority on its own it would sit in the opposition benches.

UNI

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