Campaigning for the Gundlupet and Nanjangud assembly bypolls is gaining momentum. It is a fight for pride for Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, as the two constituencies fall under his strong hold.
For Siddaramaiah, these elections are a big challenge as he would have to ensure that the Congress wins in his stronghold. It is also a battle of ego for the CM since he is being challenged by former Congressman Srinivas Prasad. He had resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP after being dropped in the cabinet re-shuffle.
In Nanjangud, Prasad would take on Kalae Keshavamurthy of the Congress. In the Gundlupet constituency, it would be a battle between Geeta Mahadevprasad of the Congress and Niranjan Kumar of the BJP. The bypoll in Gundlupet and Nanjangud will be held on April 9. March 21 is the last day to file nominations and March 24 the last day to withdraw nominations.
Experts say that there is a lot riding for the Congress in these elections. A loss would put a question mark on whether the Congress government would complete its full term. There is every chance that Siddaramaiah would be asked to declare early elections in case the party loses in both seats.