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The battle for Bangalore South

April 20, 2009
Vicky Nanjappa and photographer Dominic Xavier spend a day with candidates in the Bangalore South constituency.

Following the campaign trail in the Bangalore South constituency -- the constituency with the largest number of voters in Karnataka -- one witnesses a huge difference in campaign styles.

On one hand you have Bharatiya Janata Party strongman Ananth Kumar smiling away from a chariot top covered with saffron flags; on the other, you have Captain G R Gopinath addressing a decent crowd, speaking about civic issues, corruption and how the voter should bring about change.

Then you have Krishna Byre Gowda, the young Congress nominee, who is a blend of both Ananth Kumar and Gopinath.

Bangalore South is undoubtedly the most high-profile constituency in the state. It has been a BJP bastion for the past four terms. The equations now seem to be changing.

Back in 2004, when we asked BJP workers who would win, the answer was an immediate, "Do you have a doubt? Ananth Kumar, of course!"

Now, the same BJP workers are asking questions.

Image: BJP candidate Ananth Kumar with Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, his old rival in state BJP politics.

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