Congress has named its candidates for the November 3 bypolls in Sira and RR Nagar.


The Congress on Wednesday named former Minister T B Jayachandra, and Kusuma H – the spouse of late IAS officer D Ok Ravi, as its candidates for the November 3 bypolls in Sira and Rajarajeshwari Nagar meeting segments.

The byelection in Sira was necessitated following the dying of JD(S) legislator B Sathyanarayana in August, whereas the Rajarajeshwari Nagar (R R Nagar) seat fell vacant after the disqualification of Congress MLA N Munirathna beneath the anti-defection regulation final yr.

Mr Jayachandra had represented Sira in Tumakuru district in 2008 and 2013 by defeating Sathyanarayana, who in flip had emerged victorious in opposition to him within the 2018 polls.

JDS has fielded Sathyanarayana’s spouse Ammajamma as its candidate in Sira.

The BJP is but to announce its nominee and the occasion’s state unit has despatched its suggestions to the excessive command.

Speculations are rife within the J P Nadda-led occasion circles that radiologist Dr C M Rajesh Gowda, the son of former Congress MP C P Mudalagiriyappa, who had just lately joined the BJP together with a number of native political employees and leaders, is more likely to be named because the candidate.

Congress and JD(S) are conventional rivals for the Sira seat, which the BJP has by no means gained. If BJP fields a powerful candidate, the Sira bypoll is
more likely to see a 3 cornered contest.

After the current victories in Ok R Pet and Chikkaballapura bypolls, the BJP is eager to make additional inroads into the previous Mysuru area, the place the occasion is weak.

So the ruling occasion is predicted to go all out in Sira.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s son and state occasion Vice President B Y Vijayendra had made a number of visits to the constituency earlier than he was contaminated with COVID.

In RR Nagar, the Congress has fielded a contemporary face — Kusuma H Kusuma (31), who holds an MS diploma in Info Expertise from the College of Massachusetts, Boston, is presently an assistant professor of pc science engineering at Dayananda Sagar School of Engineering.

She is the spouse of IAS officer D Ok Ravi, who died in March 2015.

Her father Hanumantharayappa was earlier with the Congress earlier than leaping ship to JD(S). He had unsuccessfully contested the 2008 meeting polls from RR Nagar on the regional occasion’s ticket.

JD(S) has shortlisted three probables — occasion metropolis unit chief R Prakash, RR Nagar President Bettaswamy Gowda and a frontrunner from the Jnananbharathi ward Krishnamurthy.

The ruling BJP can also be but to announce its candidate.