Campaign Dust Settles, But No Rest for TN-Bound CM

After almost a month of hectic election campaigning, most political leaders are yearning to cool off for at least a few days.

Published: 19th April 2014 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th April 2014 08:31 AM   |  A+A-

After almost a month of hectic election campaigning, most political leaders are yearning to cool off for at least a few days.

While most of candidates, including former BJP state president Prahlad Joshi and Union Minister Mallikarjun Kharge are in a mood to relax, there is no end yet from the poll grind for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and a few others.

Siddaramaiah, who had steered the Congress election campaign in the state by addressing over 90 public rallies in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies, is set for a campaign tour for Congress candidates in Tamil Nadu, which will go to polls on Thursday.

Siddaramaiah has also been asked to campaign in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra by the party high command.

KPCC president G Parameshwara too is packing his bags to head to Vadodara in Gujarat, where he will campaign for Congress candidate Madhusudan Mistry, who is taking on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

BJP national general secretary and party candidate from Bangalore South H N Ananth Kumar is already in Bhopal to oversee the BJP’s poll campaign in Madhya Pradesh.

“He will be back only after completion of polls in the northern states,” said a BJP source close to him.

A confident Nandan Nilekani, Congress’ Bangalore South candidate, said he will be back in action after a short break with his family.

The hectic campaigning seems to have taken a toll on Ramya’s health.

The Congress candidate from Mandya is recuperating from bronchitis.  “I am at home, recuperating from bronchitis. I met my pet dogs after a month. I am back at home in Bangalore and the doctor has asked me to take it easy,” she texted in response to a query from Express.

JD(S) president H D Kumaraswamy, who is locked in an intense battle in Chikballapur against Union Minister Veerappa Moily and senior BJP leader K N Bachche Gowda, said he cannot afford to relax or take a break from the people or his party workers.

Most other candidates preferred to relax at home for the next couple of days before they get back to business.

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