Kallahalli provided a perfect platform for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to claim the legacy of Devaraj Urs, a darling of the backward classes. He tried to draw comparisons between Urs and himself on several counts. He stressed that Urs, who came from a rural background, had maintained the rural flavour in his conversations with people till his last, something which Siddaramaiah always does.
While stating that Urs’ political career began in his village, he reminded the people about his own and the opposition he faced from his father to contest elections. He said Urs did not join politics for money and people’s support was his major strength which catapulted him to great heights, he said, recollecting that he had spent just `3,000 for his election to the taluk board.