Gulbarga: The former Labour Minister S.K. Kanta, who sprang a surprise by joining the Karnataka Janata Paksha recently, is the first leader in the Hyderabad Karnataka region to have hit the campaign trail in Gulbarga South Assembly constituency. Mr. Kanta (74) has completed one round of his tour of the constituency. He told that he changed his decision not to contest the elections and joined the party headed by his one-time political rival B.S. Yeddyurappa after the “insult showered on me by the Janata Dal (Secular) leaders, who tried to push me into political wilderness”. The JD(S) decision to deny ticket to his supporters in the city corporation elections made him quit the party. “Close friends such as Michael Fernandes and others persuaded me to join the KJP. I gave in as my presence in active politics will help the cause of the working class,” said Mr. Kanta, who recently led agitations by unorganized workers, especially pourakarmikas. Mr. Kanta lost badly in the 2008 Assembly elections as a JD(S) candidate from the Gulbarga South Assembly constituency. He finished third behind the BJP and Congress candidates then. Mr. Kanta claimed that Mr. Yeddyurappa’s principles and policies had witnessed a “considerable change”. The BJP is likely to field its MLC Shashil G. Namoshi from the Gulbarga South Assembly Constituency. The JD(S) is set to field Dattatreya Patil Revoor, son of Ms. Revoor. The Congress may field Kailash Patil, son of the late and former Chief Minister Veerendra Patil.