Belagavi: Congress which has a strong base in the district has planned to field Dr VS Sadhunnavar from Belagavi Parliamentary constituency against BJP candidate. Based on the highly placed sources told that Sadhunnavar is the best candidate to face BJP candidate than the 8 others interested to contest from the party.
Sadhunnavar is from Panchamsali subcaste in Lingayat caste. Former MLA Ashok Pattan represented Ramdurg, Shivakant Sidnal, a son of four-time former Congress MP SB Sidnal, Channaraj Hattiholi the brother of Belagavi Rural MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar is among the 8 applied for the party ticket. High command believed to go for Sadhunnavar as he has good terms with people of Bailhongal, Savadatti and Ramdurg talukas where his Lingayat community is dominating. Sitting BJP MP Suresh Angadi has got more votes in these talukas in previous elections.
Though MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar, who is also a Panchamasali gave tough contest to Angadi in the last election, her brother has not been considered as her tussle with Jarkiholi brothers not yet finished. Jarkiholi brothers’ effort was considerable in her election which gave her a new political mileage.
Shivakant Sidnal was a new face not only to Congress but also to the district. Congress workers have strongly opposed fielding him and told the leaders that they wouldn’t work if he as fielded as the party would witness a humiliating defeat. Almost all the workers neither saw former MP Sidnal nor his son Shivakant in any meetings of the party. Bailhongal based Dr Sadunnavar is also one of the directors of KLE Society.