The newcomers are chalking out campaign strategies and making all attempts to ensure that they are able to win the hearts of young voters.

Prashant Deshpande and S S Mallikarjun, sons of Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande and Horticulture Minister Shamanur Shivashankarappa respectively, are making a bid to inherit their fathers' legacy.

Prashant and Mallikarjun have for long been involved in party affairs but are making sincere efforts to step out of their fathers' shoes to try their luck in the Lok Sabha polls.

Prashant, who is taking on BJP's sitting MP Ananthkumar Hegde in Uttara Kannada constituency, has been involved in party and social activities in his home district and serves as trustee of R V Deshpande Memorial Trust, which runs several non-profit institutions across the state.

36-year-old Prashant, who did his post-graduation from Harvard Law School and BA from National Law School, is yet to muster enough strength to counter BJP's Hegde, who had defeated Congress' Margaret Alva, now Rajasthan Governor, by 22,769 votes in the 2009 elections.

Congress' Mallikarjun, who was not nominated in the last assembly elections, is no novice in political affairs in his home district Davanagere. He has the credit of making efforts to build the party's presence in Davanagere and Chitradurga.

Mallikarjun, who was minister in former chief minister SM Krishna's Cabinet, was instrumental in Congress’ win in the recent polls to Davangere City Corporation council, where it bagged 38 of 41 seats.

He is locked in a triangular contest with JDS' Mahima Patel and sitting BJP MP M G Siddeshwar, seeking a third term.

Others like Mahima Patel, son of former chief minister late J H Patel, and Geeta Shivarajkumar, daughter of another former chief minister late S Bangarappa, are keen on realising the unfulfilled dreams of their fathers.

Geeta is pitted against former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.


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