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Clash of the Titans at Shikaripura

May 14, 2008
It's being termed as the mother of all battles for supremacy in Karnataka. The election battle in Shikaripura constituency in Shimoga will determine the political fortunes of former chief ministers B S Yeddyurappa and S Bangarappa.

For Yeddyurappa, the Bharatiya Janata Party strongman from Karnataka, it is a must-win situation as he is the chief ministerial candidate for the party.

S Bangarappa, the Samjawadi Party candidate who has switched many a party in the past two decades, has openly proclaimed that this could be his last election and if voted into power, it would mean the end of the BJP in Karnataka at least.

The battle is brewing and with just two days remaining for these candidates to test their fate, both Yeddyurappa and Bangarappa are leaving no stone unturned.

The 1.6 lakh voting population of Shikaripura will decide the fate of these two high profile candidates. Each candidate is trying to outshine the other and Tuesday's incident is an indication to this. Both leaders held rallies at Shikaripura within a span of an hour and their respective campaign managers did everything in the book to ensure that people turned up in large numbers.

Even as the battle for supremacy rages, let us take a look at what the constituency looks like.

Image: Former chief ministers B S Yediyurappa (right) and Bangarappa.
Text and Photographs: Vicky Nanjappa

Also see: 59.8 per cent turnout in first phase of Karnataka polls
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