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Kannada film producer K.Manju may at last realize his ambition of  contesting the Assembly elections from his native place of Turuvekere. But is it so easy? Only time can answer this question.

K.Manju is believed to have met Mr. Vijayendra, son of former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa who is now in the process of starting Karnataka Janata Party recently.

K.Manju seems to have expressed his desire to join KJP which is now thinking of expanding its influence and is trying to mould itself as a secular party.   KJP is now inviting influential leaders from many influential communities of Hindus and even minority communities to expand its secular base.

K. Manju may be the latest toast for a yet to be born party seeking to expand its influence in many communities, though BSY was essentially called as a big leader of the influential Lingayat community.

 Well, the other known persons who were in attendance in the meeting  included  B.Vijaya Kumar, President of the KFCC and a big supporter of  Yediyurappa,  producer Umesh Banakar and Rudresh, an ardent supporter of BSY who is now at the helm at the government controlled Kanteerava Studios.

K. Manju frequented the corridors of Janata Dal office  and had even met H.D.Kumara Swamy to seek admission to the party and fulfil his ambition of contesting elections from Turuvekere.  But his ambition was put to halt as there is another big JD(S) leader Krishnappa who has been loyal to the party. It was Krishnappa who won the by-elections to Turuvekere last time by beating Lakshminarayana, the most loyal supporterof B.S. Yediyurappa even now. Manju could not have obtained JD(S) ticket as Krishnappa was one of the tallest leaders of JD (S) in Tumkur district Perhaps that one reason might have egged Manju to join KJP to contest the elections from Turuvekere Assembly constituency.  Infact his home town Turuvekere has a  large percentage of Vokkaliga, scheduled castes and Ligayat community voters besides some representation of  backward classes and minorities.

There is one hitch now for K.Manju.  Lakshminarayan who is an ardent supporter of  BSY will join him shortly once the party gets launched on December 9 at Haveri. He is now a MLC from BJP and will certainly go along with BSY. Then he may have to lose his MLC status unless one third of BJP members in Legislative Council decides to go with BSY and form a separate block. A clearer picture may emerge in days to come.

Otherwise Lakshminarayana may opt for contesting  from Turuvekere Assembly seat as he has already won the assembly seat once and had lost the closely contested  by-election.  BSY will certainly support  Lakshminarayan who is his ardent supporter and had earlier won the elections from the constituency.

 Will K.Manju overcome that hitch has to be seen in the coming days.

 But it looks that he is now closer to fulfilling his political ambition to contest from Turuvekere constituency, if at all Lakshminarayana is given a bigger role of mobilizing support for the KJP party in the entire state.

And if at all Manju realises his dream,   Actor Jaggesh may be pitted against him as his opponent from BJP. Krishnappa would be the JD (S) contestant.  Congress will also pick up a stronger candidate as it had earlier won the seat many a times and even Jaggesh had won the seat contesting from the congress party.  The next election will see a four cornered contest in Turuvekere which is most likely to see presence of a large number of film and television artists doing the canvassing work.

Turuvekere has a history of not backing the same candidate barring some exceptions.  Lakshminarayan won against Jaggesh earlier, but later Jaggesh won the seat defeating Lakshminarayana and Krishnappa.

 Later in the by-election, Krishnappa won the seat by beating Lakshminarayana who was supported by Jaggesh who had joined BJP in the operation Kamala undertaken by BSY Government.  Does this statistics hold some hope for K. Manju now if at all he gets the KJP ticket?