The Ruling JDS and Congress parties have taken the Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency very seriously. With the BJP re-nominating incumbent MP Pratap Simha, who is thought for his hardcore Hindutva ideology, the JDS and Congress have decided to campaign along to defeat him.
According to sources, former chief minister Siddaramaiah is keen on defeating Simha. CM H D Kumaraswamy, who is upset with Simha for attacking him, directed the party leaders, especially higher education minister G T Devegowda, to make sure a large lead and victory for the Congress candidate C H Vijayashankar in his constituency.
"CM HDK has in person directed GTD to campaign with the Congress candidate. He doesn't wish any understanding between JDS Mysuru leaders and Pratap Simha due to caste factors," said a leader.
"GTD has been directed to move with C H Vijayashankar and make sure that the JDS votes aren't transferred to the BJP," he explained. Meanwhile, C H Vijayashankar met tourism minister S R Mahesh at his residence on Friday and requested his support.