Party loyalties eroding in Bidar
Sunday, Mar 14, 2004
By Rishikesh Bahadur Desai
BIDAR, MARCH 13. Opportunistic defections are increasing and becoming unpredictable in Bidar. They come with a glorified name of "political polarisation.'' But this may have a flip side to it, as every party has to face rebels in elections.
Defections started even before the dissolution of the Lok Sabha and the Legislative Assembly. The first defection this season was of the veteran Congressman, M.G. Mule, who joined the Janata Dal (Secular) to contest the 1999 elections. Within six months of his victory, however, he returned to the Congress. If he succeeds in getting the party ticket this time, he may be upsetting the plans of Jahangir Ali, the Congress's choice last time.
The Aurad MLA, Gundappa Vakil, was expelled from the BJP on charges of cross voting for Vijay Mallya, Working President of the Janata Party, in his election to the Rajya Sabha. He along with eight other MLAs joined the Congress. If he is fielded by the Congress, it will make Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, a ministerial colleague of S.R. Bommai and J.H. Patel, who is in the Congress, unhappy.
The Bidar district unit of the All-India Progressive Janata Dal set a record of sorts when its office-bearers joined the BJP en masse. Basavraj Patil Kollur, its former President, is one of the contenders for the party ticket to contest from Aurad.
He may be joined by the Congressman, Chandrashekar Patil, son of the former Home Minister, Kalyanrao Patil, who, it is learnt, is planning to join the BJP.
The senior Congressman, Baburao Gudage, initiated the second round of defections when he was denied the party ticket in the Legislative Council elections three months ago. But he lost on a Janata Dal (S) ticket to his long-time friend, Basavraj Patil Humnabad.
Basavraj Patil Attoor, who served as a Minister in the Ramakrishna Hegde and J.H. Patel governments, who lost the last election, has resigned from the AIPJD and joined the Janata Dal (S).
He is a contender for the party ticket from Basavkalyan. If he succeeds, he may face a rebel in Mallikarjun Khuba, a young leader of the Janata Dal (S) who has already held talks with the BJP and the Kannada Nadu.
The Congress seems to have found its candidate for the Bidar city constituency in Syed Zulfikar Hashmi, former leader of the AIPJD and former State unit president of the Bahujan Samaj Party. If he gets the ticket, Bandeppa Kashempur, seen as a dependable organiser in the Congress, may turn a rebel. Mr. Kashempur lost the last elections on the Congress ticket.
He may also upset the plans of Rajshekar Patil to seek a second term from Humnabad. Mr. Patil won the bypoll held after Subhash Kallur's election was set aside by the Supreme Court. Mr. Patil's successful bid for the party ticket may also lead to Mr. Kashempur contesting as a rebel candidate from Humnabad, his native taluk.