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Elections in Karnataka: a reluctant Yathinda Siddaramaiah prepares for the voting debut

  Yathindra Siddaramaiah was forced into politics by the untimely death of his brother Rakesh in July 2016.

Yathindra Siddaramaiah was forced into politics by the untimely death of his brother Rakesh in July 2016. [19659003] Bangalore: A confessed introvert and a public speaker who is learning on the hoof, the man they call "Doctre" is an unlikely candidate in the tumult of Karnataka politics. However, he has a good chance of winning his seat in the May 12 assembly elections.

That's because Yathindra Siddaramaiah, pathologist by profession, is the son of the prime minister of Karnataka, one of several sons and daughters of politicians who will make their political debut next month.

The youngest son of Congress heavyweight, Yathindra, was forced into politics by the untimely death of his brother Rakesh in July 2016.

These are big shoes to fill, and Yathindra has taken the task in serious.

I have been touring the Varuna constituency for the last years and a half and have visited each village at least two or three times – Yathindra Siddaramaiah

"I have been touring the Varuna constituency during the last years and I have visited each town at least two or three times ", said Yathindra in the electoral campaign

Accompanied by two security guards and a personal secretary, makes several stops, including three funerals and at least the same amount of visits to the temple.

"All of these are our workers and volunteers, and if they do not attend these personal tragedies, they may feel betrayed," he says.

Every time Yathindra enters the car, he slips into his own silent world. "If my brother were alive, I would not have entered politics at all," he says of his older brother, Siddaramaiah's political heir.

In the middle of 2016, Yathindra found herself in the middle of a "scandal" over accusations that she was favored in a bid to install laboratories in government hospitals where she was director. A year later, the Anticorruption Bureau, an agency dependent on the prime minister's office, authorized his name.

If my brother were alive, I would not have entered politics at all – Yathindra Siddaramaiah [19659003] Yathindra ignores media reports that the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could head the party of the BS match The second son of Yeddyurappa against Yathindra. "We will win comfortably," says Yathindra.

He is energetic in his speech, unlike his father who has rustic appeal.

" Mundina aargoya mantirgalige jai (Everyone greets the future minister of health)", an enthusiastic supporter shouts at a mixture of laughter and joy. "I'm definitely not as good as my father, but I try," he says of his public speech.

"It's the first time someone comes here campaigning, they keep coming and asking for votes, but nobody does anything for us," said Kumar, a 38-year-old man.

There is a small skirmish between the local leaders of Congress and the villagers. "They (the leaders) do not allow us to tell you about our problems, they fear losing face," says Shashikanta, a 56-year-old landless wage worker. Yathindra returns and assures voters that she will examine all her concerns.

I think I've learned a lot by reading – instead of learning from someone – Yathindra Siddaramaiah

The two brothers were always in the public eye. While Rakesh enjoyed the attention, Yathindra stayed away from her, like the rest of her family, including her mother and two of Siddaramaiah's brothers, who live a very simple life as farmers in Siddaramanahundi.

Although all his political views were modeled by his father, Yathindra says that his mother had a greater influence on him. He shares how his "religious" mother insisted that the two brothers participate in all the rituals.

Yathindra says he is more spiritual than religious and influenced by Buddhist philosophy. "I think I've learned a lot by reading, instead of learning from a person," he says.

But although his mother has asked him to marry, Yathindra says he has not thought about it yet.

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