Mahima 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, stands apart with his unique campaign to woo the voters by observing a fast.

Mr Patel, is making waves in the high-pitch political battle ny embarking on his fast ever since he 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 to woo the voters, Mahima Patel is stealing the limelight by sitting in a tent put up near 'Shanthisagar' one of Asia's largest sweet water lakes situated in his constituency.

Mr Patel, while observing fast in his tent, receives villagers of his constituency who pledge support and also offer donations. He also enquires about their wellbeing and requests them to vote if they find him to be a better candidate among all the other contestants.

Mr 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 a ''padayathra' and strictly resolved 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 Deve Gowda 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 party candidates were contesting elections in Shimoga, Davanagere, Hassan and Chitradurga districts on the party ticket this time.


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