To please rain god Indra, the Halakki Vokkaliga community conducts a marriage between two women, who are symbolically married for rain, productivity and happiness.
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He suggested that the state government introduce Kempegowda lessons from LKG to PG, and pointed out Chakratheertha’s post which has drawn flak.
The party is full of vim to start the padayatra in the Vokkaliga heartland of Mandya, Hassan and Mysuru districts, where Janata Dal (Secular) is its main rival.
The state government had allocated Rs 500 crore for the Vokkaliga Development Board for the welfare of the community, but the Board is yet to set up its own office even after one year.
Senior leader HD Kumaraswamy said JDS has traction among people, pointing to the crowd of over one lakh, mainly from Mysuru region, who had turned up for the event.
According to sources both Gowda and Ramaswamy were on good terms with the leader of opposition Siddaramaiah and the KPCC president DK Shivakumar respectively.
He lashed out at the Modi government for the rising prices of essential commodities, unemployment, increase in debts for the common man.
This has pitted actress Sumalatha Ambreesh, who recorded a resounding victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, against JDS youth president, Nikhil.
Prior to this meeting, Rahul Gandhi met Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar.
With the 2023 assembly elections barely 14 months away, the Congress and JDS are preparing to slug it out for supremacy in the Vokkaliga heartland of Old Mysuru.
Although the Congress could win 11 of the 14 Council seats from local bodies that it held, the party leadership is upbeat with the decent performance.
Gowda had lost the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Tumakuru as the BJP had managed to divide the Kunchitiga Vokkaliga community votes and won the seat.
While state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa has made it clear that he’s aiming to become chief minister again, a section of his party leadership is waiting for him to move out.
Out of power for a decade in the state, it was difficult for it to survive, had it not been a situation like this where no national party is in a position to form a government without its support.
Barring parts of Tumakuru and Kolar, the no-holds-barred campaigns of the Congress and the JD(S) have witnessed what is locally being called "vengeance politics".