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A presitigious battle in Jamkhandi

The Jamkhandi Assembly byelection has become a prestigious battle for the Congress and the BJP with both the parties deciding to send their top leaders to campaign for their candidates.

The Congress is working hard to retain the seat and the BJP is planning to clinch it from the former.

Three former Chief Ministers are expected to hit the campaign trail in the taluk which is witnessing by-election due to the death of MLA Siddu Nyamagouda of the Congress in a road accident.

While the former Chief Minister and Badami MLA Siddaramaiah has decided to camp in the taluk for at least a week to ensure the victory of the Congress candidate, Anand Nyamagouda, elder son of Siddu Nyamagouda, two former Chief Ministers of the BJP B.S. Yeddyurappa and Jagdish Shettar are expected to work for Srikant Kulkarni, the BJP candidate.

Mr. Siddaramaiah has already held a meeting of local leaders where he has asked all elected representatives of the Congress and leaders to work in unity for the victory of the candidate.

Mr. Anand Nyamagouda himself confirmed to
The Hindu
that Mr. Siddaramaiah has taken personal interest in the byelection and he would stay in the taluk for at least a week to monitor the campaign.

The BJP, which does not wish to leave any stone unturned in its bid to win the byelection, has reportedly decided to send two of its former Chief Ministers to counter the Congress campaign.

While Mr. Yeddyurappa, who is also State party president, will hold various rallies in the taluk, Mr. Shettar will arrive to woo voters.

Meanwhile, both candidates are expected to file their nomination papers on October 16 when their State party leaders are likely to be present.

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