Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K. Kavitha on Wednesday appealed to Karnataka voters to reject hatred and vote for development.
She took to Twitter to make an appeal as voting was underway in Karnataka Assembly elections.
“Dear Karnataka, Reject Hatred! Vote for development, prosperity & well-being of society and the people,” tweeted Kavitha, daughter of BRS president and Telangana Chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
Meanwhile, Kavitha resumed her normal activity on Wednesday after recovering from an avulsion fracture she suffered last month.
“Today after recovering from the injury I visited Kondagattu and offered my humble prayers. May Anjanna bless us all with good health and prosperity,” tweeted Kavitha, a member of Telangana Legislative Council.
She had suffered an avulsion fracture a month ago after she slipped and fell in her home. Doctors had advised her rest for three weeks.
An avulsion fracture occurs when the ligament near the bones fractures, causing a tiny part of the bone to be detached. Avulsion fractures are particularly common in athletes that quickly alter direction, leap, and jump.
As the elections approach, political leaders across the parties have intensified their campaigning in Karnataka . Some of them are heavily depending on campaigning by film celebrities. Because of this, Karnataka voters are seeing several film stars on the roads urging them to vote for their favourite contestant. Details as follows.
Political leaders from both Congress and BJP are heavily depending on film stars campaigning. Congress top leader and former CM Siddaramaiah is taking help
from film stars Shivarajkumar, ‘Duniya’ Vijay, and actress Ramya. Geetha Shivarajkumar, wife of Shivaraj kumar also joined her husband to campaign for Mr. Siddaramaiah. Another actress Nishvika Naidu also campaigning for Siddaramaiah.
BJP also studded its campaigning with several film stars. Kannada superstar Sudeep is the star campaigner for BJP in this election. Another popular actor Darshan is also supporting BJP leaders. Malayalam super star and former MP Suresh Gopi is seen campaigning for BJP in Bengaluru to woo those 10 lakh voters of Kerala origin. Telugu actor Brahmanandam surprised many by campaigning for BJP leader Sudhakar in Chikkaballapur constituency of Karnataka. He said, Sudhakar is his long time friend and that is the reason for his campaigning.
Apart from these parties, Kannada actor and director Upendra’s Uttama Prajaakeeya Party also contesting in 100+ constituencies but this party is not a force yet in the state. However, people get a chance to watch their favourite star Upendra during these campaigns.
Overall, it is a star studded campaign in Karanataka now.
Former chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, N Kiran Kumar Reddy, is likely to help the BJP in the Karnataka State Assembly election. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who had joined the BJP in Delhi on Friday, had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday.
Kiran Kumar Reddy was also present at a brief meeting that Amit Shah held with party president J P Nadda, party general secretary B L Santosh, Karnataka former chief minister B S Yadiyurappa, Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai.
The meeting was held hours before the party’s Parliamentary Board meeting scheduled for Saturday evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in Telangana and Tamil Nadu tour is expected to be in Delhi by Saturday evening. The party Parliamentary Board would meet once Narendra Modi is available in Delhi and finalise the candidates for the Karnataka Assembly elections.
The leaders had an initial discussion on the Karnataka Assembly election and the party’s campaign mode to be followed. The BJP top leaders have requested Kiran Kumar Reddy to campaign for the party in the state. The party leadership believes that Kiran Kumar Reddy would be able to communicate with the Telugu voters in Karnataka state.
Bengaluru and several pockets of Karnataka State, particularly the Bellary region have the presence of Telugu people. Kiran Kumar Reddy would campaign for the BJP in these pockets as agreed at the meeting held at Nadda’s residence.
The BJP also wants to use the services of Kiran Kumar Reddy in the two Telugu states. He would be first used in the Telangana state as elections are to be held later this year. The party believes that Kiran Kumar Reddy would be of great help for the party, particularly in the electoral prospects.
TDP leader Bonda Uma is not only famous in his political circles but also in judicial circles too. As we reported in an article dated February 26th, Bonda Uma’s wife, and her close aide have been served notices by Vijayawada Revenue Officials in a case related to land encroachment. Bonda Uma & Co. tried to encroach the 10-acre land awarded to a family under the ‘Freedom fighter quota’.
The Vijayawada Central Constituency MLA defended himself claimed that his wife is innocent. One should ask this MLA whether the Revenue Officials working for the AP (TDP) Government are so dumb to serve notices. And what’s more interesting is that he chooses to speak about BJP’s fate in the Karnataka Assembly Elections, rather than coming open with a whitepaper report on the Land Encroachment Case.
We are not saying that he shouldn’t comment about BJP’s fate, but we are only asking him to be an example.
Only the almighty should know the future of Andhra Pradesh. On one hand, we have a leader who attends court every Friday, on another hand, we have someone with 40 years’ experience, yet gets fooled and ignores to go through 14th Planning Commission Report. Finally, we have the third one who said he supported some XYZ, because that individual has experience.
KCR extended support to JD(S) in Karnataka elections. Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP appealed to Karnataka voters to vote for anyone who can defeat BJP. YS Jagan refrained from speaking on Karnataka elections.
In fact this is the first time regional political parties representing telugu people have shown interest in elections in neighbouring states though telugus have a sizeable presence in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Odisha. The divergent political stand taken by these three regional parties in regard to Karnataka elections is nothing to do with politics in poll bound state. But, it is a result of local political necessities. Never in the past, leaders of united Andhra Pradesh or the two successor states evinced keen interest in elections in neighbouring states. But, this time as the general elections are nearer, the leaders of telugu states would not like to leave the opportunity . By their stand in Karnataka elections , they would like to further their political interests in their respective home states . No regional party of either Andhra Pradesh or Telangana is contesting in Karnataka .
KCR met former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader, HD Deve Gowda and expressed his willingness to even campaign for the party in the ensuing elections in that state. As Janata Dal (S) is contesting independently and is pitted against both Congress and BJP, KCR saw in Deve Gowda a true ally for his federal front or people’s front. But, there is no guarantee that Janata Dal (S) would remain independent of either Congress or BJP . In the wake of a hung Assembly, the Janata Dal (S) is expected to be part of a coalition led by either Congress or BJP.
KCR does not want his anti BJP crusade to help Congress in any way as he is facing a bitter fight from that party in Telangana . Any victory of Congress in Karnataka would be a morale booster for the party. The congress is expected to gain power in BJP ruled states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Any such favourable results in these states along with Karnataka win, would certainly create national mood against Modi that benefits Congress. KCR is wary of its impact on Telangana voters. This is precisely the reason why KCR wants to support Janata Dal (S) to frustrate the chances of Congress.
Meanwhile , Chandrababu Naidu would like to sell anti Modi narrative to voters of Andhra Pradesh in 2019. He could come back to power by effectively marketing anti Congress political narrative post bifurcation. Thus , Naidu is more keen to defeat BJP rather than Congress. Neither Congress nor BJP are challengers to TDP in Andhra Pradesh. Yet, Naidu wants to tell his voters that he is fighting BJP anywhere and everywhere for the injustice done to the state. Chandrababu Naidu’s outreach in Karnataka is a part of his perception management as someone who is uncompromising in his fight against BJP for denying what is due to Andhra Pradesh.
Even if the Congress wins Karnataka, its impact will not be there in Andhra Pradesh as the people of the state are not yet ready to forgive and forget Congress for what they believe to be an arbitrary bifurcation.
YS Jaganmohan Reddy seems to be uninterested in Karnataka polls as he does not find any political dividend in extending his campaign beyond the frontiers of the state . In fact, Jagan still fights with Chandrababu Naidu rather than Narendra Modi. Given his political priority to corner Naidu rather than BJP, Karnataka is certainly not in his agenda.
( Prof.K. Nageshwar is India’s noted political analyst. He is a former member of the Telangana Legislative Council and professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India )