Bengaluru,: Congress had decided to let go the Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency to JD (S) as it did not get an efficient and suitable candidate to field. The supremo of JD (S), Devegowda has asked Madhu Bangarappa, who is on a foreign tour at present to return to the country immediately. It is also said that minister D K Shivakumar has also had a word with Madhu Bangarappa in this regard.
Out of the three Lok Sabha constituencies which are going for bypoll, it was agreed that JD (S) will contest from Mandya and Congress will contest from Shivamogga and Ballary under the pre-poll alliance between the coalition partners Congress and JD (S). The names of former minister Kimmane Ratnakar and district Congress leader Sundaresh were in the list of Congress for the Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency. Kagodu Timmappa had denied to contest citing his age as the reason. But with Yeddyurappa being strong in his home fort and with only six months as time period of the seat, Congress leaders decided not to take rosk.
With this decision, the election will be staright fight between sons of former CM. Madhu Bangarappa, son of Late Kumar Bangarappa will ne fighting against Raghavendra, son of B S Yeddyurappa.