Will Sub-caste Decide Result in D’gere?
The outcome of the polls in Davangere looks like it will be decided by the sub-caste factor. The Lingayat sub-caste of Banajiga and Panchamasali dominate the constituency and often their votes decide the fate of the candidates. Voters who used to support regional parties, seem to have changed their mindset.
While the Congress and BJP have fielded candidates belonging to Sadhu, a sub sect of the Lingayat community, JD(S) candidate Mahima Patel, son of late chief minister JH Patel, is from the Banajiga sub caste. The Congress and BJP fear the Banajiga and Panchamasali communities would decide to back the JD(S).
The BJP leaders admit that earlier they were confident of getting Panchamasali votes. With the JD(S) fielding Patel, they are now reworking their strategies.
The Congress has started to focus on minority communities as they appear to have lost hope of getting Banajiga and Panchamasali votes.
The JD(S) is upbeat and hopes to give a tough fight to both the Congress and BJP. “Victory is sure for the JD(S) as people want a change. ,” Mahima Patel said.