Vijayapura: Even when the State is going to go for Assembly elections in another four months, the JD (S) has announced its first list of candidates for the District well in advance.
As per the party’s official list issued on Monday December 19, it has declared candidates for seven of the eight Assembly segments of the District.
Barring Vijayapura City, the party has announced candidates for the remaining seven Assembly constituencies. The names include Chennabasappa Solapur for Muddebihal, Rajugouda Patil for Devarahipparagi, Paramananda Tanikhedar for Basavanabagewadi, Basavaraj Honawad for Babaleshwar, B. D. Patil from Indi, Shivanand Patil for Sindagi and sitting JD (S) MLA Devananda Chavan from Nagatha SC Reserved Constituency.
According to the Party insiders, the High Command has deliberately not announced a candidate for the high-profile Vijayapura City which is represented by BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal. The party has decided to adopt a wait-and-watch policy for Vijayapura before announcing the candidate. This is primarily because the party wishes to check who will contest from the BJP and the Congress. Since the party has no local strong candidate, it is learnt that the party may be waiting for some strong leader of any other party to join the JD (S).
The Party may field a candidate either to defeat Yatnal or the Congress candidate as both are rivals for the JD (S).
“Since the JD (S) believes that Yatnal has backstabbed the party in the past when he was in the JD (S) and later quit by making wild allegations against the party leader, the JD (S) may want to take vendetta by defeating him. Since the Congress is also a political rival, the JD (S) may also wish to ensure the defeat of the Congress candidate. The Party is still weighing all options. But for now, the Party is waiting for the Congress and the BJP to announce its candidates,” said a JD (S) insider.
What is also emerging as an interesting matter is the Party announcing the name of sitting MLA Devanand Chavan for Nagathan Assembly segment. It may be noted that Chavan himself has never given a straight answer whenever he was asked whether he will stay in the JD (S) or not.
The rumours are thick that he is contemplating joining the Congress before the election as he believes that the JD (S) is no longer a strong party.
The political arithmetic in the District is expected to change widely as the election approaches.