Candidates rush to meet deadline

As many as 48 people filed their papers for zilla panchayat seats on Wednesday, the last day to submit nominations for the panchayat elections.

The virtual onslaught of contestants started at 11 am on Wednesday. Party members had waited till the eleventh hour to file their nominations.

Precaution

However, the taluk administration, expecting a sudden and heavy flow of nominations on the last day, had taken measures to handle the strain.

They implemented the system of giving tokens to the candidates who came in to submit their nominations by 3 pm.

This would prevent any candidate from complaining about the system for filing nominations in time.

Kashipura Krishnappa of the Congress, Allalasandra Srinivas of the JD(S) and independent candidates Gangireddy, K M Venkataramanappa, N Srinivas, Keelagani Narayanappa and Chalapati filed nominations for Kasaba constituency.

In Avani, Dr M N Kavitha of the Congress, Sujatha Mandikal Venkatesh of the JD(S) and independent contestants Geethamma Ananda Reddy submitted nominations.  In Duggasandra Indramma Srinivas, Chandra Babita Shyamegowda of the JD(S), Pushpamma of the BJP filed their papers.

H Venkatesh of the Congress, Alamelamma Rajagopal of the JD(S) and P Balappa filed nominations in Byrakur constituency. M N Srinivas of the Congress, K R Kittappa of the JD(S) and Sriramaiah of the BJP submitted nominations for Tayalur constituency.

In Chikkaballapur

Candidates from various parties and their supporters crowded the election offices in their respective taluks on Wednesday.

Although not many politicians were seen at the office of the deputy divisional officer till about 11 am, the candidates started coming in large numbers by about 1.30 pm.

There was confusion and commotion at the office for some time since candidates as well as representatives and supporters of the candidates of all parties started gathering at the office all at once.

Reminders

Papers had to be submitted by 3 pm. Therefore, loudspeakers were used to call upon candidates during the last 20 minutes to file their nominations.

Only those candidates bringing with them all necessary documents before 3 pm were permitted to submit their nominations.

Strict police security was provided to avoid any untoward incidents.

In Kolar

As many as 257 nominations were filed for the 28 ZP seats and 629 nominations were filed for the 102 seats Taluk Panchayat seats in the district.

While the highest number of nominations were filed in Kolar taluk for both the ZP and TP polls, the least were filed in Malur taluk for the ZP polls.

The least number of nominations for the TP elections were filed in Srinivasapur taluk.

There was a rush by the candidates to file the papers in all the taluks on the last day.

Two candidates submitted their papers claiming to be JD(S) candidates in Holur ZP seat. Both, Munivenkatappa and Srinivasan have got the ‘B’ form.

Munivenkatappa claimed that party Supremo Deve Gowda had given him the letter as the official JD(S) candidate.

The candidates of all three parties submitted their papers much before the deadline, but there was  a rush as they came only a few minutes before the closing time.

‘Family fight’

The Congress has not put up a candidate in Vakkaleri ZP seat. Two Independents - Yashodamma and Chowdeshwari -  who happen to be mother and daughter - claim to have the Congress’ support.

Independent MLA Varthur Prakash arrived at the centre where the papers were filed in a procession, along with candidates he is supporting.

Three rooms were reserved at the Tahsildar’s office for receiving papers for both the ZP, TP polls.

Hence, the centre was congested for most part of the day. 

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