Mysuru: Out of the past five Parliamentary elections, the BJP won five and the Congress won two in Mysuru. Will the BJP be able to win this time as well and retain the Mysuru Lok Sabha seat, or will the Congress make a comeback? With the polling date only three days away, leaders of both the parties are going all out in their efforts to attract voters.
The BJP's candidate from the constituency, incumbent MP Pratap Simha initially had the upper hand, but since the past few days, it seems like the tables have turned in favour of Congress candidate C H Vijayashankar, who had twice been a Member of Parliament on the BJP's ticket.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Simha won with a margin of 31,608 votes against then Congress candidate A H Vishwanath, due to the 'Modi wave' and the support of the Vokkaliga community, even though he is not a localite.
Ever since then, Simha's popularity has been riding high on the 'Modi factor', however, it now looks like Vijayashankar's gaining calm demeanour and approach his towards the people has helped him rise in popularity. Another advantage for Vijayashankar in this election is having the backing of the JDS, a majority of whose voters are of the Vokkaliga community. Apart from this, the Zilla Brahmana Community has also announced their support for the Congress candidate instead of the BJP candidate.
While G T Devegowda and Siddaramaiah's campaign is also expected to attract even more voters towards Vijayashankar, nothing can be said for certain as there are still a few more days till the elections, and they are the most vital. Only time will tell for sure who will come out on top.
A similar story can be seen in the Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha constituency (reserved for SC), where R Dhruvanarayana of the Indian National Congress is the sitting MP. This time, he will be facing BJP's Srinivas Prasad, who filed his nominations a couple of days before the deadline to everyone's surprise.
Although Dhruvanarayana has undertaken a lot of development work in his constituency, it is speculated that the 'Modi wave' might help Prasad put up a good fight in the upcoming election, even though he has not campaigned extensively.
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