Fear of Omicron has little impact on Council poll campaigns
The fear triggered by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus does not appear to have had an impact on the campaign of the various political parties for the elections to the Legislative Council. While political leaders have insisted on the need to be cautious about the new variant and the state government has imposed further restrictions, the campaign style of the ruling party or the opposition has failed. not changed over the past week. All of them continued to organize conventions of elected local authorities with the least respect for the COVID-19 protocol.
Last week, in Davangere district, former chief minister BS Yediyurappa addressed elected representatives of the Mayakonda assembly segment and asked for votes for party candidate Arun DS, son of the former Minister DH Shankaramurthy. Everywhere he went, hundreds of people attended the meetings. Minister B. Sriramulu was also seen canvassing in the same constituency. In Uttara Kannada district, Minister Shivaram Hebbar was busy campaigning, addressing elected officials in groups.
The Vijayapura District Congress leaders were busy with the convention of elected representatives from the Legislative Assembly segments of Vijayapura, Babaleshwar and Nagathana. Along with former Minister MB Patil, various congressional leaders took part in the convention and solicited votes on behalf of the party’s candidate, Sunilgouda Patil.
In all of these meetings, most of the leaders were seen wearing no masks and social distancing was thrown into the wind.
In the two-member local authority constituency of Mysuru-Chamarajanagar, former chief minister Siddaramaiah called on the state government to spare no effort to prevent the entry of the mutant virus into the borders of Karnataka.
Cooperation Minister ST Somashekhar, who is leading the BJP campaign in the same constituency, said he had discussed the precautionary measures that needed to be put in place. But there was no relaxation in either of their election campaigns.
While Mr. Siddaramaiah held a meeting with party leaders and party advisers from Mysuru town at his residence earlier Last week Mr. Somashekhar, who campaigned in Periyapatna, subsequently organized election meetings of local organ members in HD Kote and Hunsur, accompanied by a battery of party leaders. JD (S) CN candidate Manje Gowda also campaigned as usual and held election meetings in Nanjangud and Hunsur.
In Hassan, the leader of JD (S) HD Revanna, whose son Suraj Revanna is the party candidate, held meetings in all centers of taluk before finalizing the candidate. Party leaders now convene small group meetings at hobli centers and at the village panchayat headquarters.
And with the public campaign ending on Wednesday, the campaign is set to ramp up. While Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai himself has a tight campaign route planned for Monday and Tuesday in northern Karnataka, Mr Siddaramaiah was busy campaigning in the northern districts on Sunday and on Monday as well, he is due to take address to meetings.