MYSURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is keen to get his son Rakesh contest the next Assembly election from his present Varuna constituency, is all set to move back to Chamundeshwari, the assembly seat he had won five times.
Siddaramaiah is keeping a close watch and is working out the permutations and combinations on delimitation of constituencies and also on reservations for both the zilla and taluk panchayat elections that would set a stage for his comeback to Chamundeshwari constituency.
With the Election Commission guidelines out for delimitation of constituencies, Siddaramaiah has taken note of the increase in population on the outskirts of the city and assigned the work on delimitation of the constituency to his close associates including former ZP chief K Mari Gowda.
Sources said he also held talks with the district officials and sought to know details on delimitation of the constituency and directed them to consider suggestions given by his followers.
On his return from Delhi, Siddaramaiah will work out categorization of zilla and taluk panchayat constituencies that will give him an edge to field many of his supporters and prepare the ground for the 2018 Assembly elections.
Chamundeshwari, which had eight ZP constituencies — Jayapura, Yelawal, Beerihundi, Kadakola, Hinkal, Siddalingapura, Devalapura and Varuna — will have 10 constituencies after delimitation. The number of taluk panchayat seats has been increased from 29 to 38.
Preparing the ground
- CM keen to shift to Chamundeshwari
- Son Rakesh to contest from Varuna
- Siddu had won five times in Chamundeshwari from 1983
- Delimitation of ZP and TP constituencies done favourably
Although Siddaramaiah had announced that he will retire from electoral politics after completing his term as chief minister, pressure from party men and criticism from opposition parties made him rethink and decide to contest the 2018 polls. This also made him consider contesting from Chamundeshwari again.
Siddaramaiah was in tears at a public function in 2008, when he recalled his association with Chamundeshwari constituency. He had to contest from Varuna, created after delimitation of Assembly constituencies. Varuna consists of some areas of Mysuru (earlier with Chamundeshwari), Nanjangud and T Narsipur taluks and has over two lakh voters including dalits, Veerashaivas, Kurubas and Nayaks. Siddaramaiah won from Varuna in 2013 with a comfortable margin to become Chief Minister.
However, with not much time to visit or tour the constituency, he is being assisted by his son. Rakesh also took the additional responsibility of managing party affairs during the Lok Sabha elections and also during the recent GP polls.
With pressure from family members and well-wishers, Siddaramaiah has decided to contest from Chamundeshwari and give his son an opportunity to test the political waters from Varuna in 2018. Leaders close to the Chief Minister said Siddaramaiah, who was not happy with winning four out of eight seats in the previous ZP election, is very serious about winning a majority and regaining power in the Mysuru Zilla Panchayat.
Siddaramaiah has also allocated adequate funds for development of the areas under Chamundeshwari constituency on the outskirts of Mysuru.