BJP Allies with JD(S) in Mysore Lok Sabha Contest as Royal Scion Takes on Congress

The 2024 Mysore Lok Sabha battle pits BJP's royal scion Yaduveer against Congress' Lakshman, with the BJP-JD(S) alliance seeking to make inroads in the Congress stronghold. The outcome could impact the power balance in Karnataka and Modi's southern expansion.

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BJP Allies with JD(S) in Mysore Lok Sabha Contest as Royal Scion Takes on Congress

BJP Allies with JD(S) in Mysore Lok Sabha Contest as Royal Scion Takes on Congress

The 2024 Lok Sabha poll fight in Karnataka's Mysore constituency has turned into a high-voltage affair with the BJP fielding royal family scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, while the Congress has nominated relatively low-profile engineer-turned-politician M Lakshman.

The BJP has formed an alliance with the JD(S) party in an effort to gain support from the Vokkaliga community in the Old Mysuru region.

Securing the Mysore seat is a matter of prestige for the Congress, as the party's leader and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah hails from the region. Lakshman, who was a ticket aspirant for the Chamaraja constituency in the last Karnataka Assembly election, believes the BJP has brought no development in the last 10 years and is focusing on the Karnataka government's guarantee schemes and the Congress manifesto's 25 promises. He also wants to make Mysuru an IT hub and promote eco-tourism in Kodagu.

Yaduveer, on the other hand, has been campaigning extensively and believes the elections in Chamarajanagar and Mysore are matters of prestige for Siddaramaiah, who is camping in the region to ensure Congress victory. During his campaign, Yaduveer received a warm welcome in Ashokapuram and Sunnadakeri, where residents showered him with flower petals and washed his feet as a mark of devotion to the erstwhile royal family. He emphasized the development initiatives undertaken by the Modi government, including the construction of 25,000 houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and the provision of 2.5 lakh tap water connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission in Mysuru district.

Why this matters: The Mysore Lok Sabha constituency is a key battleground in the 2024 general elections, with the BJP-JD(S) alliance seeking to make inroads in the Congress stronghold. The outcome could have implications for the balance of power in Karnataka and the Modi government's efforts to expand its presence in the southern state.

However, the Karnataka Congress has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against Yaduveer, alleging that he was involved in bribery in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The Congress claimed that Wadiyar orchestrated a meeting with several influential personalities on social media platforms, where he offered them materialistic inducements, including money, in exchange for their support and promotion of his candidacy. The party has urged the poll body to initiate a thorough investigation into this matter.

The Mysore Lok Sabha constituency, which includes the entire Kodagu district and a portion of the Mysore district, will vote in Phase 2 of the 2024 general elections on April 26. The constituency has a total of 1,894,379 voters, with 51.6% urban and 48.4% rural voters. The electorate includes 13.9% Scheduled Castes, 9.3% Scheduled Tribes, and religious demographics of ~86% Hindus, 14.3% Muslims, 1.3% Christians, 0.38% Jains, and 0.41% Buddhists. "I appeal to the voters to support me in the 2024 elections to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hands in building a stronger India," Yaduveer said during his campaign.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP is fielding royal scion Yaduveer as Cong nominates M Lakshman
  • BJP allies with JD(S) to gain Vokkaliga support in Old Mysuru region
  • Cong alleges Yaduveer involved in bribery, urges EC probe; BJP highlights development
  • Mysore LS seat crucial for Cong as CM Siddaramaiah hails from region
  • Mysore LS has 1.89M voters, 51.6% urban, 48.4% rural; 13.9% SC, 9.3% ST