There are many constituencies in Karnataka which have been termed as the constituency of a Chief Minister. Hubli-Dharwad central- Jagadish Shettar, Ramanagar- H D Kumaraswamy, Varuna- Siddaramaiah. Adding to this list is the Koratagere constituency from where Dr G Parameshwar, the Congress Chief will contest the elections.
There is a great deal of enthusiasm among the people of this constituency in Tumkur district. It is a backward constituency and relatively a new one too. It was made a reserved constituency recently after which Parameshwar shifted base from Madhugiri where he had won thrice.
He has been pitched as a CM candidate of the Congress and this probably will turn out to be his biggest advantage. Apart from this he is also banking on his Toyota Qualis which he considers to be his lucky mascot. He has used it in three campaigns and has always won. Even today he is seen in the same vehicle while campaigning in his constituency.
Winning here is not enough for Parameshwar. He needs to win big just as would be the case of his competitor Siddaramaiah who is contesting from Varuna. Parameshwar is however confident and he feels that the people will give him a massive mandate.
He will be up against Chandraiah of the KJP against whom he had won by a margin of 11557 votes in 2008 when the latter was with the JD(S). Also in the race is Sudhakar Lal of the JD(S) who has been a very strong local leader.
While Parameshwar may make it in this constituency on the ground that he could be a Chief Minister, there are various other issues that also bother the people of this constituency. It is a drought affected area and the people get proper drinking water only once in 3 days.
Parameshwar has plenty to do over here. He may be bringing in the crowds, but will also need to cater to the demands of the people who have often said that he is never available. This is true to a large extent since a bulk of his campaign is being handled by his brother and wife. He can barely make time to visit his constituency since the state party Chief and has several engagements. However the people are not impressed with these reasons and say that they would love to vote for him, but he has to do much more. If he becomes a Chief Minister, then we have a ray of hope, the people of his constituency say.
Apart from his own constituency, Paramewhar has bigger worries. Firstly he nurtures an ambition of becoming CM and secondly he has a huge task ahead of him to quell an ongoing rebellion in the Congress. It will be alright and the rebellion had taken place due to the ticket distribution. There are bound to be disgruntled elements, but the house will be in order, Parameshwar tells rediff.com. I have a lot of work to be done in my constituency. I have got Rs 260 crore sanctioned for the people of my constituency for various schemes, but the BJP government failed to implement the same. I do agree that I have not spent much time here since I assumed the post of party president. However the people will have nothing to complain in future, he also pointed out.
The Congress chief would like to win big and that would be known on May 8th. However here is an interesting fact- Parameshwar cannot vote in Korategere since he is enrolled at Gollahalli in Tumkur taluk.