Vijayapura: With the election date nearing, the candidates of Sindgi bypolls are intensifying their campaign in the constituency.
While the JD (S) has already declared its candidate, Naziya Angadi, BJP is likely to field Ramesh Bhusnur, the former MLA. Congress has already made it clear that Ashok Managuli, the son of late MLA M. C. Managuli will be the candidate, however, what is interesting is that his brother, Shantaveera Managuli is still with the JD (S).
This is sending a message that the siblings are not on the same page. While Ashok quit the JD (S) after the demise of his father who was JD (S) MLA, Shantaveera Managuli, who is present President of Sindgi Town Municipal Council, has not quit the party.
It may also be noted that Shantaveera was one among the aspirants and frontrunners from JD (S), however, the party announced a ticket to new face Naziya Angadi.
The development has put the followers of Managuli family in confusion as to which party they should support in the bypolls. Even Shantaveera has neither announced support to his brother nor made any public statements against the same.
Meanwhile, sources state that he may soon join the Congress before the by-election.
Speaking to media persons, Ashok Managuli, representative of Congress, said that, “We are united. There are no differences within the family. Shantaveera will kick-start campaigning for me in a day or two. I would not like to comment anything more about this one. I will file nominations on October 8. I am confident of winning elections with the support of my family and followers of the Managuli family.”
Meanwhile, the councillors of TMC Sindgi have moved no confidence motion against the President Shantaveera. According to sources, “The councillors of Congress with the support of JD (S) have moved no confidence motion against Shantaveera to shunt him out of the power.”
Mallikarjun Yendigeri, District President of JD (S), pointed out that, “Shantaveera has not made any communication with the party leaders about quitting the JD (S). He is still with the JD (S) and also President of the TMC with the support of party councillors. If we find him campaigning for his brother, it will be a breach of certain party rules, and thus he will have no right to continue with the party. An action will be taken as per the party laws,” Yendigeri added.