By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Mr M.S. Rajshekhar (Extreme Right) most popular congress face in Karnataka fromLingayat community who is since 1983 a active congress worker is doing hectic lobbying for Karnataka Legislative Council seat for himself and camping in New Delhi meeting all AICC Leaders. Hectic lobbying for the four seats of the Karnataka Legislative Council has begun among the ruling Congress party members. Several Congress party leaders mainly from Karnataka are engaged in gathering the support of the State and national leaders in an attempt to enter the upper house. The race to enter the Council looks tougher within the Congress party with leaders of dominant communities are eyeing all four seats although there is no rule that nomination should be from the same religion or caste. But still, the political observers say that the aspirants belonging to Lingayat community may have an edge over other communities considering the fact that congress government's wishto win the hearts of Lingayath's in view of the upcoming election in two years for state assembly . According to KPCC sources, the Congress is in a position to secure a minimum of four to the Upper House from the Assembly. More than two dozen leaders are mounting pressure on the leadership seeking party tickets and Mr M.S. Rajashekhar, most popular congress face in Karnataka from Lingayath community is in forefront of meeting Smt. Sonia Gandhiji, (AICC President) all AICC Members, KPCC President and our Hon'ble Chief minister of Karnataka Sri.Siddaramaiah and hopes that they all will give him opportunity to contest MLC election this time on June 10th 2016, as he is young and senior leader among Lingayath Community . The competition for MLC berths is getting more intense in ruling Congress party, which can bag 4 seats with 123 members in the Assembly.
Mr M.S. Rajshekhar, most popular congress face in Karnataka from Lingayath community who is since 1983 as active congress worker held various party posts, worked as City General Secretary in DCC, Protocol and reception committee and worked as observer in Bellary Elections during 1999 in which Smt. Gandhi won the elections and Assisted Party leaders in Panchajanya Yaathra under leadership of Sri SM Kirishna and Sri Gulam Nabi Azad, Patron member of YMAC and life members of Sheshadripuram Educational Trust, Ex-Member of DRUCC Bangalore Railway Division and Honorary president of RTSA Association of Karnataka and YTSK Association of Karnataka , and Patron of Prajashakthi State level social service organization and helping SC ST people in the state like BBMP Poura Karmikara makkala kshemabhivruddhiSangaha and Bangalore Mahanagar Palike S C Workers co-op society Ltdand "BBMP Poura Karmikara sangha and Arogya Gangman Gala Sangha”and educational organaisation like AIUPASA and served the party sincerely in all elections and rendered service to the party at all levels has requested Smt. Sonia Gandhi, AICC President after meeting her in New Delhi to consider his request and make him one of the party candidate for forth comingKarnataka Legislative Council elections to be held on 10th June 2016. Mr M.S. Rajshekhar even helped Smt. Gandhi by gathering legal content in respect of Herald case from experts and sent the content and material to Smt Gandhi and Oscar Fernandez to help prepare for winning the case which is pending in court. Mr M.S. Rajashekhar most loyal and trusted congressmen.
According to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) sources, ticket aspirants from all the 30 districts are putting pressure from all quarters and are meeting party state-unit chief G Parameshwara and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Parameshwara, who is also the Home Minister, told reporters that "The demand for party tickets to enter the Upper House is high.... consultations are on to shortlist the (party) nominees.”He said that KPCC has already set in motion the process to select candidates and has sought inputs from district and block Congress presidents in this regard.Reportedly Legislative Council polls for seven seats scheduled to be held on June 10th has set off an intense fight for tickets in all the three major political parties. The election has also ignited hopes of many young and senior leaders such as Mr M.S. Rajashekhar of Congress, who are out of the political limelight, to make a comeback into the State Legislature. Election from the Assembly constituency is being held as the term of seven members of the Council is set to end in June. While former minister Sri.V Somanna of BJP, who is one of the outgoing members and seen as a close confidant of party state president Sri.B S Yedeyurappa is trying to get re-nominated for one more term, another senior leader and former minister Sri.Katta Subramanya Naidu too has set his sight on the seat.
A candidate needs a minimum of 29 votes to get elected and BJP with strength of 44 in the Assembly can ensure easy victory for one candidate, will be left with 15 excess votes. JD(S), with 40 MLAs, is in a position to win one seat on its own and strike an understanding with BJP, if needed, to ensure the victory of a common candidate. Katta, who was denied the ticket in 2013 Assembly election from Hebbal constituency, due to taint of corruption was also kept out of the Hebbal by-election recently. The former minister is said to have expressed his readiness to contest as the second candidate of the party, with a confidence of winning the seat with support from independents and other parties.The competition for MLC berths is getting more intense in ruling Congress party, which can bag 4 seats with 123 members in the Assembly. Former ministers are among the long list of senior leaders who want to enter the Council and revive their political fortunes. R V Venkatesh and Veeranna Mathikatti, whose term is coming to an end, are lobbying hard to get renominated. K P Nanjundi and Mr M.S. Rajashekhar most loyal and trusted congressmen names are also doing the rounds for Congress ticket. The competition has a tinsel touch too with Kannada film stars Ramya and Bhavana figuring among the aspirants in Congress.
No failure is permanent, says Sonia: If one sticks to principles, no failure is permanent: this was Sonia Gandhi's message to Congress, barely two days after the party was thrown out of office in Assam and Kerala. Addressing the party on Rajiv Gandhi's death anniversary, she said, "We will have to follow his values of simplicity, modernity , harmony and sensitivity ... India is walking with its head held high in the world due to the steps taken by him"."We will have to follow his values of simplicity, modernity, harmony and sensitivity. That will be our true homage to him. Only then we will be able to say that Rajiv is in us. "She also lauded the late PM for his contributions in giving the youth the right to franchise, devolution of powers to panchayaths and bringing in a revolution in telecom and communication."India is walking with its head held high in the world due to the steps taken by him," she said adding that the changes that led to the gains that are visible in society, economy and politics were started by Rajiv Gandhi "which we talk about loudly today ."The Congress has emerged as the main Opposition party in West Bengal and Kerala. In fact, it won in Puducherry. Therefore, there is no reason for the BJP to be euphoric, except in Assam.
Democracy is technical Majority and not peoples Majority: Few get votes and few get seats: All political parties need to understand basics of Indian Politics. It is pertinent to note that majority voters are with opposition parties. Few get votes and few gets seats .Some timeBJP got seats to form the centralgovernment by securing 34 percent vote and 66 percent votes were secured by opposition parties but they failed to get the seats .It is only technical majority and not the peoples majority .First the opposition parties must thank their voters. Both the ruling party and opposition parties have to fulfill their duties as per constitution of India towards welfare of the people.