“All in the family” – brothers, father-son spice up poll scene

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Bangalore, Apr 17 , 2013 (PTI)

 “All in the family” – sounds familiar if one looks at candidates of the May five Assembly elections in Karnataka – brothers, children of prominent politicians, relatives and even father-son.

Take for example, senior Congress leader and former Union Railway Minister Jaffer Sharief. His son-in-law, Syed Yasin, is seeking re-election from Raichur.

That, he is being challenged by Kannada cinema celebrity, Pooja Gandhi, contesting on the ticket of BSR Congress, floated by former BJP Minister B Sriramulu is a different story.

Sharief has managed to get ticket for his grand-son, Abul Rahman Sharief, a political novice, in Hebbal segment of the city, much to the heart-burn of strong contender there, H M Revanna, a former minister.

In Soraba in Shimoga district, sons of former Chief Minister late S Bangarappa – Madhu (JDS) and Kumar (Congress), who are bitter political rivals, are crossing swords again.

The father-son duo of M Krishnappa and Priya Krishna, the sitting MLAs, have entered the fray from neighouring segments of Vijayanagara and Govindrajnagar in the city.

Union Labour and Employment Minister M Mallikarjuna Kharge has succeeded in getting ticket for his son, Priyank, from Chittapur, as also former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh (Congress) for his son Ajay Singh from Jewargi.

The Congress has also given tickets to Jarkiholi brothers – Satish and Ramesh – to contest from Yemkanmardi and Gokak, respectively, while their another brother Balachandra, who is Minister for Municipal Administration, has sought reelection on BJP ticket from Arabhavi.

JDS supremo and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda’s sons – H D Revanna and H D Kumaraswamy are contesting from Holenarasipura and Ramanagara, while Kumaraswamy’s wife Anita has thrown in her hat in the ring in Channapatna.

Former Chief Minister late Veerendra Patil’s son Kailash Patil is contesting from Gulbarga South.

In Sagara, Congress candidate Kagodu Thimmappa is pitted against his close relative Beluru Gopalakrishna, who recently crossed over to the JDS from BJP.

The Congress has given “B form” to B K Shivaram, a former police official and brother of senior party leader B K Hariprasad, to contest from Malleshwaram in the city.

In KGF segment in Kolar district, the BJP has fielded Y Ramakka, mother of the party’s tainted MLA there, Y Sampangi, after suggesting him to recommend his candidate while denying him ticket. Similarly, in Hebbal segment of the city, the BJP denied ticket to tainted MLA Katta Subramanya Naidu but accommodated his associate Jagadish Kumar.

But in Malur, the similar strategy of BJP back-fired. Sitting MLA S N Krishnaiah Setty, who is said to be quite popular in the segment, rejected the party’s proposal, quit the party and filed the nominations as an independent.

Union Minority Affairs Minister Rahman Khan and Union MSME Minister K H Muniyappa failed to get ticket to his son Mansoor Ali Khan (from Jayanagar) and his daughter Roopa Shashidhar (KGF), respectively.

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