Mysore, Oct 23 (UNI) Political activity in the prestigious Chamundeswari Assembly constituency in this district has reached a crescendo with all the parties embarking on pre-poll work, despite the Election Commission yet to notify byelection to the seat.
The parties have taken the bypoll, necessitated by former Deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah resigning the seat prior to his joining the Congress, seriously and have started pre-poll work in contrasting styles.
The BJP, which had a strong presence in the city, had declared that it would contest the seat, while the coalition partner JD(S) was equally interested in locking horns with its former loyalist.
The leaders of the two parties were yet to firm up their decision, perhaps waiting for the poll notification.
Taking the first step, the ruling Janata Dal (Secular), under the stewardship of chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, had caught the imagination of the electorate by announcing several government programmes and policies. The chief minister had visited the constituency seven times recently and held a number of Janata Darshans, besides staying overnight at villages in the constituency.
He had inaugurated projects worth crores of rupees and criticised Mr Siddaramaiah for not having contributed to the development of his home constituency despite holding the office of deputy chief minister. The JD(S) was preparing to launch its election campaign in a big way once the poll notification was issued.
On the other hand, Mr Siddaramaiah was making efforts to retain his stronghold and prove his popularity to please his new party -- the Congress.
The usual clamour for ticket by Congressmen was missing as they have unitedly pledged their support to Mr Siddaramaiah to ensure his return to the Assembly.
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