'Amavasye' fear forces many to file papers on Friday

With ‘Amavasye’ (new moon day) falling on February 8, the last day to file nomination papers, many aspirants hoping to get party tickets, have filed their nominations for Zilla and Taluk Panchayat polls on Friday itself, even before the party leaders finalised the candidates.

As it is believed that ‘Amavasye’ is inauspicious and February 6 being Saturday, many aspirants filed their papers on Friday. As there is stiff competition for party tickets, Congress and JD(S) are yet to announce their candidates. Though names have been finalised for some constituencies, it has not been announced fearing rebellion among the supporters.

In spite of the aspirants exerting pressure on the leaders to announce the names and issue B forms, there was no response, citing inauspicious days as an excuse. Hence, many opted to file papers on Friday.

K C Channegowda of Congress from Taggahalli constituency, Mandya taluk, Satish and M Krishna from Basaralu have filed their nominations. Speaking to Deccan Herald, they said, they had filed the papers as it was an auspicious day. However, they would submit the B forms to the election officer on Monday, they added.

For some leaders getting tickets is a prestige issue. They didn’t file nominations on Friday as B Forms were not issued.  They fear that if they are not issued B form after filing the papers, they would become an object of ridicule.
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