Following the return of SM Krishna in state politics, a new wave of politics has started in the Vokkaliga heartland of the old Mysore region. But will Krishna pave the way for youth leaders in the Congress to come to the election arena? This is being discussed intently in political circles.
The youth have appealed to the AICC to field youth for Lok Sabha as well as assembly seats. A new line-up of aspirants has cropped up following Rahul Gandhi taking up the leadership of the coordination committee of the Congress.
“There has been quite a number of aspirants for the seven assembly segments of Mandya Lok Sabha constituency from the youth. I have spoken to a few of them—as proposed by the local leadership—one-to-one and found there was a high level of motivation among the youth leaders to get into active politics,” Vijaya Dharani, AICC observer, said.
According to inside sources, three names have prominently cropped up, including that of TS Satyananda, CM Dyavappa and CD Gangadhar. “At least two of the seven assembly seats should be given to youth leaders. This is what even the senior leaders of the party have concurred. SM Krishna’s daughter Shambhavi Krishna will also throw her hat into the electoral ring,” said one of the youth leaders.
After the recent Cauvery row with Tamil Nadu, many of the political leaders appear to have lost ground among voters. “Why should we vote for somebody who did not support us when the Tamil Nadu politicians were backing their farmers to the hilt? But in the recent Cauvery row, many young leaders have done good work for us. The Congress party, if it wants to return to the driver’s seat in the old Mysore region, has to field new faces,” said former MP and farmer leader Madae Gowda.