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Chasing the lure of black gold in K'taka

May 14, 2008
Talk of elections in Karnataka and immediately the focus shifts to Bellary -- the mining capital of the state. The mantra here is simple -- Money is the only thing that will bring you the votes.

A small town in the northern part of Karnataka, Bellary has emerged as an important destination thanks to the fact that this place has one of the richest politicians, who incidentally happen to be involved in the mining business too.

With the polls just a day away, the temperature too is high with three crorepati candidates in the fray to fight the prestigious battle for Bellary.

B Sriramulu and G Somashekhara Reddy from the Bharatiya Janata Party and Anil Lad from the Congress are all crorepatis and they will look to stake a claim at the Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore from the iron ore-rich district.

Image: A view of Bellary -- the mining capital of Karnataka.
Text : Vicky Nanjappa

Photographs: Jagdish Kurugodu

Also see: Clash of the Titans at Shikaripura

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