Mysuru: In an interesting development ahead of the elections, seer Jnanprakash Swami, who has been always been vocal against right-wing ideologies, is likely be the candidate from Chamarajangara constituency.
While the Mysuru-based mutt has lakhs of devotees across the state, the seer, hailed as a progressive activist, is much respected among progressive writers and activists in Mysuru and Chamarajangar and participates in events organised by Dalits, backward communities and progressive organisations.
With BSP’s N Mahesh making history by winning the Kollegal assembly constituency, the party is concentrating on Lok Sabha constituencies where it has a base. A senior leader said the party is fielding candidates in all 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. “We’re concentrating in 13 constituencies where we hope to win. As there is no alliance with regional or national parties in the state, we’re selecting candidates who has mass support in the constituencies and can win by a good margin,” he said.
The leader added that meetings with party workers have begin in all assembly constituencies. “Former chairman of Backward Class Commission CS Dwarakanath is the candidate in Chikkaballapura constituency. There are many aspirants from Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Mandya, Hassan and other constituencies,” he said.
BSP state general secretary M Krishnamurthy said there is pressure from people on Jnanprakash Swami to contest. “The is yet to decide. Even though there are many aspirants, party leaders will decide the candidates during the state committee meeting on March 5 in Bengaluru,” Krishnamurthy said.