All eyes on BJP after Congress fields Siddaramaiah from Chamundeshwari

As Chamundeshwari in Mysore is headed for a high voltage political battle with ruling Congress deciding to field Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, a traditional stronghold of JD (S), all eyes are on the next move by BJP.

Chamundeshwari is not a new constituency for Siddaramaiah from where he has won elections five times since 1983 before shifting base to neighbouring Varuna in 2008. However, this time around, it’s going to be a do or die battle from him, especially after his request for contesting from a second seat was turned down by the party high command which did not want to show him as a weak leader who himself is unsure about getting elected/

In the 2018 assembly election, caste composition is going to be a huge determinant for winning the constituency where Vokkaligas and Lingayats constitute a vast majority, which puts Siddaramaiah in a weaker turf given that he belongs to the Kuruba community. Since JD (S) has already decided to field party old-timer and sitting MLA G T Devegowda, a prominent Vokkaliga face, Siddaramaiah will have to heavily bank on the SC/ST, OBC as well as Muslim votes.

However, with Asaduddin Owaisi led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen extending its support to JD (S) for 2018 assembly election, it is also expected to dent his prospects of securing significant Muslim votes this time. Political analysts believe that in case BJP decides to field an...

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