101st Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra1866261011728178 Tamil Nadu98392560211321 Delhi92175630072864 Gujarat33999246011887 Uttar Pradesh2482517221735 West Bengal1917012528683 Telangana185709069275 Rajasthan1831214574421 Karnataka180168336272 Andhra Pradesh160977313198 Haryana1494110499240 Madhya Pradesh1386110655581 Bihar10204781173 Assam8956583212 Jammu and Kashmir76954856105 Odisha7316535333 Punjab56683989149 Kerala4594243626 Uttarakhand2791190937 Chhatisgarh2339193713 Jharkhand2339160512 Tripura140110931 Manipur12605790 Goa11984783 Himachal Pradesh9796179 Puducherry73930112 Nagaland5351820 Chandigarh4463676 Arunachal Pradesh182601 Mizoram1601230 Sikkim88490 Meghalaya50421
Nation Politics 13 Nov 2019 First test! Can Nali ...

First test! Can Nalin swing it for BJP?

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | GURURAJ A. PANIYADI
Published Nov 13, 2019, 3:35 am IST
Updated Nov 13, 2019, 3:35 am IST
Since its inception, the MCC has always been a bastion of the Congress party except for the period 2007-12 when the BJP controlled it.
State BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel casts his vote in Mangaluru on Tuesday. (Photo: KPN)
 State BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel casts his vote in Mangaluru on Tuesday. (Photo: KPN)

Mangaluru: State BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel is facing his first important challenge since assuming charge, in his hometown of Mangaluru, where elections were held to the local corporation on Tuesday.

He stands to gain should the BJP win the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) elections, which recorded a 59.67 per cent turnout.  But should the party be defeated, it could give the Congress a handle to humiliate him for not being able to make sure its win on his home turf.

 

Since its inception, the MCC has always been a bastion of the Congress party except for the period 2007-12 when the BJP controlled it.  The Congress, which returned to power in  the corporation in 2013, is keen on retaining it as it is its  last major stronghold on the state's coast.  

But local Congress leaders concede the party may be defeated by the BJP  by a small margin as it has the help of  its MLAs and MP, who are allowed to vote in the mayoral elections.

The anti -incumbency factor, discontent with candidate selection within the party,  the failure of leadership in the district Congress has also left the party worried. Adding to its concerns, supporters of veteran leader, Janardhan Poojary stayed away from campaigning as they felt neglected in candidate selection. But on the upside the Congress still enjoys  strong support in 15 of the MCC's 60 wards.

“It is a tough fight. It is not easy for us to return to power. But it is not easy for the BJP either even if it has a slight edge owing to the strategy it has adopted. Although the  Congress had no strategy, we may still easily win 24 to 27 seats. But we hope to get more,” said a Congress leader.

While conceding that the Congress was strong in some pockets of the city, a BJP leader said it had fielded minority candidates in these parts to puncture its support.

The party could also get some help from the SDPI, which  is contesting in six wards as it could help divide the minority vote.

...
Location: India, Karnataka, Mangaluru




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT