Bengaluru, March 20: Campaigning for the Gundlupet and Nanjangud assembly by-polls is gaining momentum. It is a fight for pride for Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah as the two constituencies fall under his strong hold.
For Siddaramaiah, these elections are a big challenge as he would have to ensure that the Congress wins in his stronghold. It is also a battle of ego for the CM since he is being challenged by former Congressman Srinivas Prasad. He had resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP after being dropped in the cabinet re-shuffle.
In Nanjangud, Prasad would take on Kalae Keshavamurthy of the Congress. In the Gundlupet constituency it would be a battle between Geeta Mahadevprasad of the Congress and Niranjan Kumar of the BJP.
Experts say that there is a lot riding for the Congress in these elections. A loss would put a question mark on whether the Congress government would complete its full term. There is every chance that Siddaramaiah would be asked to declare early elections in case the party loses in both seats.