BJP Malur candidate decided through lottery

Most aspirants toe party lines, withdraw from poll fray

The city and town municipal bodies in both districts saw many candidates withdraw their nominations for the upcoming elections.

While in some cases, the official candidate was chosen by lottery, in most places, the candidates decided to draw back of their own accord.

Malur

The Congress had given tickets to candidates for 22 wards, of whom, K Srinivas, candidate for ward 10, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday.

In ward 7, the the BJP had two candidates, both of whom refused to withdraw their nominations, leaving the party leaders in a dilemma. Seeking 'divine intervention', they picked a lottery in ‘the presence' of Maddooramma Devi, to pick the official candidate.

As many as 23 BJP candidates are contesting the polls for the 23 Town Municipality wards; Congress has 21, JD(S) 23, Ramegowda faction 20, BSR Congress 12, KJP 1, CPM 1 and Independents are 11.

Kolar Gold Fields

Nominations of 20 candidates for Robertsonpet CMC were withdrawn on Wednesday.Srikumar and V Srikumar, who submitted nominations for ward 5, S Samoch for ward 6, Vijaykumar, Yesaiah, Naveen Kumar, V Vijaykumar, R Satyamurthy and Subramanya for ward 7, Rohini for ward 9, Shanti Vilasini for ward 11, Ravikumar for ward 13, Sridevi for ward 15, Naveen Kumar for ward 16, K V Hemalatha for ward 21, Ramu Konar for ward 22 and Mubin Taj, Burnata and Sudha for ward 32 withdrew their nominations.

Bagepalli

Of the 196 nominations submitted for the elections to the urban local bodies, 25 Independents have withdrawn their nominations.

There are 89 candidates from various parties contesting the elections- 23 from the Congress, 23 CPM, 21 JD(S) and 22 BJP, in addition to the 76 Independents still in the fray, said C S Jayaram and K Venkatesh, election officers, adding that four nominations had been rejected earlier.

Bangarpet

The TMC polls have 103 candidates in fray, as 16 nominees withdrew their papers.Shavar Pasha and Syed Indadullah withdrew for ward 1, Kausar Taj for ward 4, Adinarayanappa for ward 6, Lalitha for ward 7, Yesudas and Lavanya Umeduvarike for ward 9, Kumar and Suresh for ward 10, Premalatha for ward 12, Azmathullah Khan for ward 17, Umesh and Vijay for ward 19, R Kumar for ward 20, Lakshmamma for ward 21, and Vinod Kumar for ward 22 withdrew their nominations.

Mulbagal

Citizens of at least four wards have been already been freed of the worries of choosing a proper representative, as there were unopposed victories on Wednesday.

Independent candidate T Shankarappa won the ward 21 seat; M R Murali of the JD(S) won the ward 22 seat; Satish Kumar, an independent candidate, won the ward 1 seat; while Jagmohan Reddy, also an independent candidate, won the ward 4 seat. 

The sight outside the TMC, however, was still tense on Wednesday, till 3 pm, with candidates trying their best to get their opponents to withdraw. Some of them were even seen luring a few hesitants into submitting nominations for the polls.

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