Four file their papers from Kolar

Varthur rules out withdrawal, Muniyappa exudes confidence


While Naseer Ahmed filed papers as Congress candidate, Begli Suryaprakash (Varthur Prakash faction), former president of District Wakf Board Sabeer Pasha, former MLA Anasuyamma are contesting as Independents.

Begli Suryaprakash

Begli Suryaprakash, who took part in a procession with his supporters earlier, submitted his nomination papers at the Deputy Commissioner’s office along with the MLA, Varthur Prakash at 2 in the noon. City Municipal Council vice-president V K Rajesh, councillors V Prakash, Somashekhar, Rauth Shankarappa, Krishnappa, former CMC president C Raghuram and others were present on the occasion.

Naseer Ahmed

Sitting member Naseer Ahmed was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, legislators M Narayanaswamy, Amaresh, V R Sudarshan, former minister K M Ramesh Kumar, V Muniyappa, District Congress Committee president Bissegowda. City Municipal Council president K N Madhusudhan Kumar, Chikkaballapur Zilla Panchayat president Vinuta Srinivas were also present on the occasion.

Former president of District Wakf Board Sabeer Pasha submitted nomination earlier. Former MLA from Chikkaballapur, Anasuyamma filed her papers at 3 in the noon.

Withdrawal ruled out

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, Varthur Prakash ruled out withdrawal of his candidate from the fray. “There is no question of withdrawal. Former minister K Srinivasa Gowda, who supported BJP during Lok Sabha elections has not been suspended from the party and there is no guarantee that it will be done. There can’t be two groups in a party and hence we have decided to contest independently,” he said. The MLA claimed that the elected representatives in the local bodies will support his candidate.

Exuding similar confidence, Union Minister K H Muniyappa on the other hand claimed that there is no contest at all in the election. “There is none to challenge us,” he declared speaking to reporters after Naseer Ahmed filed nomination as Congress candidate.

“Varthur Prakash was never in Congress in Kolar. KPCC president R V Deshapande has withdrawn the suspension ten other leaders. Other aspirants too will join hands for victory of the party candidate,” he said.

Candidate Naseer Ahmed said that people in Varthur faction too are of Congress and hoped that every person having faith in Congress will vote for him.

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