At a Congress workers meeting in Belagavi on Wednesday, it seemed that the senior leaders had buried their hatchet and come together to work for the Lok Sabha polls. Minister Satish Jarkiholi and MLA Lakshmi Hebbalkar, who have had differences in the past, sat alongside and discussed poll strategies. Mr. Jarkiholi told workers that Suresh Angadi of the BJP had been winning due to different political waves and not because of his individual leadership. However, this time, no wave will save him. He is bound to lose, Mr. Jarkiholi said.
He later told media persons that the District Congress Committee had sent two names for Belagavi Lok Sabha seat and the party high command had picked one of them. “We recommended V.S. Sadhunavar and Shivakant Sidnal. Of them, the party leaders have chosen Mr. Sadhunavar,” Mr. Jarkiholi said.
He clarified that Mr. Sadhunavar’s rebellion in the last Legislative Council polls was forgiven and he was accepted into the party field long ago. Mr. Sidnal, who was present in the meeting, said that he was not upset. He would work for the party, he said.
He said that his elder brother and former Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi was duty bound to campaign for the Congress and he would do so in the coming days. Mr. Ramesh Jarkiholi was upset with some Congress leaders in the past and has not been seen in party meetings for a few months now.
District Congress president Vinay Navalagatti, the former MLA Firose Sait and Janata Dal(S) leader Faizulla Madiwale were present.