After initiating several strategies to counter BJP so far (from the Lingayat card to the Karnataka flag), Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's next step (as told by sources) may add more misery to his own party men than his rivals in JDS, and BJP.
If sources are to be believed, then, Siddaramaiah is likely to come out with a strategy of giving one ticket to one member from the family in the party's clan.
Although this will be his masterstroke to score brownie points among voters as this move is likely to earn much praise, but it will also leave his party members and leaders frowning.
For example, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, Public Works Department Minister, HC Mahadevappa, Urban Development Minister, R Roshan Baig, and more, are lobbying for a ticket for their children. Similarly, Jarkiholi Brothers, Ramesh and Satish Jarkiholi, and father and son, Shamnur Shivshankarappa and his son SS Mallikarjun are legislators from the same party and this move by CM is likely to cause an upheaval among these leaders.
"CM has understood that his detractors, Vishvanath and Srinivas Prasad, both former Congressmen, are at loggerheads and will support JDS candidate GT Deve Gowda to defeat him in Chamundeshwari assembly in coming elections. Hence CM is likely to contest from Varuna itself and will make his son Yatheendra a 'sacrificial lamb' turning hero after this move. This would mean, his son will not get a political birth for now and Siddaramaiah will send a strong message to his party members, that he should not be taken lightly," said a senior Congressman.