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Congress benefits as archrivals patch up

By Our Staff Correspondent

RAICHUR, APRIL 17. The decision of the archrivals, K. Veerupakshappa and Hampangouda Badarli, to bury the hatchet seems to have helped the Congress, which is likely to win the Sindhanoor Assembly seat.

The constituency favoured Lingayats till 1972 after which members of the Iddiga community and Other Backward Classes established their hold over it. But the Lingayats reclaimed it when Mr. Badarli was elected for the first time from the constituency in the 1989 election on the Janata Dal ticket.

But Mr. Veerupakshappa of the Kuruba community defeated Mr. Badarli in the 1994 election. Mr. Badarli wrested the seat in last election.

However, the rivalry between the two seems to have ended with Mr. Badarli joining the Congress after the disintegration of the All India Progressive Janata Dal. Initially, there was opposition from the Congress workers to Mr. Badarli's entry into the party. But the issue was sorted out with the Congress asking Mr. Badarli to contest the Assembly election from Sindhanoor and Mr. Veerupakshappa to fight the Lok Sabha election from the Koppal constituency.

A big challenge awaits Mr. Veerupakshappa, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election for the first time, as he will take on the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate and the former Minister, Nagappa Saloni, who belongs to the Kuruba community, and the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate and former Minister, Veerupakshappa Agadi, a Lingayat.

In Sindhanoor, Mr. Badarli is pitted against the Janata Dal (S) candidate, Hanumangouda Belgurki, who was earlier with the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha. In fact, both of them are close relatives and are well acquainted with the constituency, where ayacutdars often face water shortage for the crops. In the past, both of them have intervened to solve the problems of ayacutdars.

Mr. Belgurki contested the 1989 election from the constituency as the sangha candidate against Mr. Badarli, who won the seat on the Janata Dal ticket.

Till recently, Mr. Belgurki maintained a low profile. However, he decided to enter the fray after he joined the Janata Dal (S).

Sindhanoor Assembly Constituency has 2,196,84 voters: 85,435 men and 85,468 women.

While Lingayats and Kurubas have a vote share of 65,000 and 54,000, respectively, in the constituency, settlers from Andhra Pradesh account for about 22,000 votes.

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