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The Congress is hoping to make a comeback in Hassan Lok Sabha seat within the upcoming elections by its nominee Shreyas Patel, a grandson of former Member of Parliament G Puttaswamy, a bete noire of former Prime Minister H.D. Devegowda. Hasan parliamentary seat has been dominated by the members of the family of Janata Dal Secular (JDS) nationwide president and former Prime Minister H.D. Devegowda who has represented the seat 5 instances. Devegowda received Hassan Lok Sabha seat in 1991, 1998, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections.

The final time the Congress nominee had received Hassan seat was in 1999 when G. Puttaswamy Gowda, grandfather of Shreyas Patel trounced JDS nominee and former Prime Minister H.D. Devegowda within the 1999 election.

Devegowda sacrificed the Hassan seat for his grandson Prajwal in 2019 and JDS retained the seat by Prajwal. Now, Prajwal is the JDS-Bharatiya Janata Party consensus nominee within the ensuing polls and his nearest rival within the fray is Shreyas Patel, a former Zilla Panchayat member.

The households of Devegowda and Puttaswamy Gowda have been engaged in electoral battles in Hassan for near 40 years each in Assembly and parliamentary polls. Once friends-H.D. Devegowda and Puttaswamy later turned foes and confronted one another in 1985 Holenarsipura Assembly election. Then H.D. Devegowda defeated his nearest rival Puttaswamy Gowda. In 1989 Holenarsipura Assembly election, Gowda made a powerful comeback and defeated Devegowda.

Again, Puttaswamy Gowda and H.D. Devegowda got here head to head in 1999 Hassan parliamentary election the place Puttaswamy Gowda of the Congress party defeated H.D. Devegowda, a JDS nominee.

In 1994 Assembly elections held for Holenarsipur seat, Puttaswamy Gowda of the Congress was defeated by H.D. Revanna, a Janata Dal nominee and son of former Prime Minister H.D. Devegowda and in 2004 elections, Revanna as a Janata Dal Secular nominee once more defeated Puttaswamy Gowda of the Congress party from the seat.

Later, Revanna of Janata Dal Secular was challenged by Anupama, daughter-in-law of Puttaswamy Gowda in Holenarsipur seat in 2008 and 2013, and she or he ended up shedding in each the contests towards JDS nominee.

However, Shreyas Patel, grandson of Puttaswamy Gowda contested towards H.D. Revanna within the 2023 Assembly ballot in Holenarsipur seat and he lost to Revanna however managed to scale back the victory margin of Revanna significantly. Revanna polled 88, 103 votes whereas Shreyas secured 84, 951 votes.

JDS-BJP nominee Prajwal needed to face preliminary opposition from BJP leaders who insisted that the ticket be given to BJP nominee and later wished a change of nominee. But, issues have been settled and Prajwal was made the BJP-JDS consensus nominee.

A BJP functionary of Hassan said that although alliance has been solid at the nationwide and State degree however the coordination between JDS and BJP has been missing at the district degree.

“It is very difficult for the BJP workers to convince voters to cast their votes for the JDS-BJP consensus nominee,” mentioned the functionary and added that even staff need to work for the success of the consensus nominee reluctantly.

Another BJP functionary mentioned he and his staff had been working for Prajwal solely with the intention of taking the BJP seat tally to 400 seats. A JDS chief mentioned there was good response to Prajwal within the seat and JDS having agency roots within the section will assist him win.

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