Express News Service
BELAGAVI: The worsening rivalry between former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi and KPCC president D Okay Shivakumar over the raging CD-gate has compelled the Jarkiholi brothers to band collectively to defeat the Congress in the forthcoming Belagavi Lok Sabha bypoll whilst the most well-liked among the many siblings — KPCC working president Satish Jarkiholi — is contesting because the Congress candidate.
Ever for the reason that girl in the purported CD alleged Shivakumar’s hand in the controversy, the Jarkiholi brothers appear to have made up their thoughts to take on the KPCC chief head-on. In a stunning growth which will put Shivakumar in a spot, many high BJP leaders, together with Jagadish Shettar, Byrati Basavaraj, Umesh Katti, Annasaheb Jolle and BJP candidate Mangala Angadi, visited the Gokak residence of Lakhan Jarkiholi, a Congress chief and right-hand man of Satish, on Monday.
Lakhan, through the assembly with BJP leaders, introduced that he’ll be a part of his brothers, MLAs Balachandra and Ramesh, to help saffron social gathering candidate Mangala Angadi, spouse of late Suresh Angadi — Union Minister of State for Railways. Several Congress leaders concern that the teaming up of three Jarkiholis can be an enormous setback for the social gathering and Shivakumar in explicit. This will additionally swing a big chunk
of votes in Arabhavi and Gokak Assembly segments in favour of BJP, they mentioned.
Winds of change have been obvious when Lakhan not too long ago demanded the resignation of Shivakumar on ethical grounds over the CD row. Lakhan mentioned, “Congress depends solely on one chief (D Okay Shivakumar) and is concerned in groupism with all its leaders indulging in clashes. They won’t ever find a way to reply to individuals’s issues.’’
With all his brothers in the rival camp, the best way forward for Satish appears to be like tough. Congress sources mentioned Satish was not in contesting the bypoll, however entered the fray beneath stress from Shivakumar and AICC management. The Congress trudges on regardless of seeming odds. But will it breast the tape can be recognized on May 2.