In principle, I am against dynastic politics, says Kagodu Thimmappa
The 2013 election was the toughest, and the reason was that there was communal discord in the region, and I was absent here during that period. The installation of communal tension in my constituency, along with the stone-throwing incident in Sagar led to a serious crisis. My absence from the constituency made it harder for me to control the situation.
Prior to this year’s elections, you had categorically said that you did not want to contest…
My age was the major factor behind my decision to avoid another contest. I have been a public servant for nearly 40 years now. I was hoping to have a private life at least in my old age. But there are no strong candidates in the region to take my place, and address certain issues, including my daughter, who does not have an iota of political experience. Furthermore, Congress has always been a mass party and not a cadre-based organisation, which has resulted in a lack of good leaders.
So, what is your take on dynastic politics?
In principle, I am against it. I do not believe in it, unless the prodigy has the abilities to contest in politics. If I were the president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, I would have shown how to deal with dynastic politics.
So, at this age, what drives you to contest?
I have some unfinished business. I am committed to solving some of the problems plaguing Shivamogga and Sagar, in particular. I want to ensure proper water supply to these constituencies. Barring two segments, none of the other taluks have adequate supply of water for irrigation. I also need to complete some work on land reforms. These are the issues driving me at this age.
It’s simply commitment. If there is commitment, the younger generation will succeed in becoming successful public servants.