Bengaluru North constituency is going to see a tough fight. Speculations are on who is going to contest the elections.
BJP might field former Karnataka Chief Minister S.M.Krishna to prevent the candidature of JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda.
S.M.Krishna to represent Bengaluru North :
Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna (born 1 May 1932) is a politician who served as Minister of External Affairs from 2009 to October 2012.
As a member of congress :
A member of the Indian Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, Krishna was the 16th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1999 to 2004 and the 19th Governor of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2008.
Krishna resigned as a member of INC on 29 January 2017 quoting that the party was in a “state of confusion” on whether it needed mass leaders or not. He also complained of having been sidelined by the party and that the party was “dependent on managers and not time-tested people like himself.
As a member of BJP :
After speculations on his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, he formally joined the party in March.
Speculations are high whether BJP is going to field S.M.Krishna for the Bengaluru North Constituency.
Bengaluru north – Deve Gowda:
Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda (born 18 May 1933) is an Indian politician who served as the 11th Prime Minister of India from 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997. He was previously the 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996.
He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha, representing the Hassan constituency of Karnataka and is the National President of the Janata dal (Secular) party.
The JD(S) party is speculating to field Deve Gowda for the Bengaluru north constituency.
Big Fight – Bengaluru North :
Karnataka’s Bengaluru North Parliamentary constituency might witness a high-voltage battle between two senior leaders, former External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.
The move could be the saffron party’s strategy to pre-empt Gowda’s possible candidature, since BJP feels Gowda would be hesitant to take on Krishna in a direct battle.
Both Gowda and Krishna are former chief ministers of Karnataka, and belong to the Vokkaliga community. However, they have never had a direct face-off with each other.
BJP feels that while Krishna has a positive image in Bengaluru for developing it as an Information Technology (IT) hub, the JD(S) is trying to make inroads there by fielding a tall leader like Gowda. JD(S) currently has two Lok Sabha members.
Conclusion – Bengaluru North constituency :
The general view is that the JD(S) wants to strengthen its electoral base is Bengaluru. The party wants to field former Prime minister Deve Gowda. The party wants to consolidate the vokkaliga vote bank in the city to snatch all three seats from the BJP.
S.M.Krishna is from the Vokkaliga community. This might likely split the JD(S) vote bank. According to some reports, BJP believes that Deve Gowda may backout of the context to avoid a face-off with S.M.Krishna.