BBMP poll scene hots up from today

BBMP poll scene hots up from today

BBMP poll scene hots up from today

The flurry of political activity in the City is likely to intensify on Monday, the last day for filing nomination papers for the BBMP elections scheduled to be held on August 22.

A large number of candidates, including those of the Congress, BJP and JD(S), will take out rallies on their way to filing the papers, which may lead to traffic jams at major thoroughfares in the City.

The three parties, including the ruling Congress, have finalised their candidates and distributed “B forms” to them.

All 198 candidates of the Congress will file their nominations on Monday. The party announced its candidates for 197 wards on Sunday after holding parleys among the leaders.

The ruling party had a tough time finalising candidates for about 30 wards, where there were more than two strong ticket aspirants.

Similar is the situation with the BJP and the JD(S), which have been able to announce their candidates for 153 and 120 wards, respectively.

The two parties have decided to hand over the “B forms” to individual candidates in other wards without making a formal announcement.

Scrutiny of nominations is scheduled to be completed by August 13, after which a clear picture of the candidates in the fray would emerge.

Monday is also likely to witness a number of protests across many wards as disappointed ticket aspirants and disgruntled leaders are likely to vent their anger. The BJP and the JD(S), therefore, avoided officially announcing the candidates for many contentious wards.

The three political parties will launch full-fledged campaigns in a day or two. While candidates will campaign at the local level, mostly through door-to-door campaign, while state-level leaders will take out rallies and roadshows. Candidates have already started door-to-door campaign in several wards.

The elections, which should have been held on April 22, were delayed by four months as the State government repeatedly approached court seeking their postponement.

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