Second list out: Cong fields Harris in Shanti Nagar

Second list out: Cong fields Harris in Shanti Nagar

In picture: MLA N A Harris. DH file photo.

The Congress on Sunday released its second and final list of five candidates for the Karnataka Assembly polls while replacing six candidates.

Notably, it has fielded Shanti Nagar's incumbent MLA N A Harris in the constituency. Harris was in the spotlight recently after his son Mohammed Harris Nalapad reportedly caused serious injuries to a man during a brawl at a pub in Bengaluru.

The incident had caused much controversy, leading to Nalapad's expulsion from the Congress for six years.

There was also much debate on whether Harris would be given a seat for the May 12 elections due to the incident.

The updated list also announces that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will replace Dr Devraj Patil in Badami constituency in North Karnataka.

Siddaramaiah is in the fray from the Chamundeshwari Assembly segment in Mysuru as well.

The party has replaced its candidates in Jagalur (reserved for Scheduled Tribes candidate), Tiptur, Malleshwaram, Padmanaba Nagar and Madikeri.

In Madikeri, K P Chandrakala will contest the election in place of H S Chandra Mouli.

The BJP has been attacking the Congress over Mouli's candidature, citing he had represented fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi.

The saffron party had also alleged that the tainted businessman enjoyed the "patronage" of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress has fielded Dr B Inamdar, Vithal Dhondiba Katakdhond, Mallanna Niganna Sali and Syed Yasin from Kittur, Nagthan (reserved for scheduled castes), Sindgi and Raichur, respectively.

The party has not declared candidate for the Melkote segment, where it is likely to support Darshan Puttanaiah, who will fight the election on a ticket from Swaraj India.

The party had declared its first list of 218 candidates for the election to the 224-seat Assembly on April 15. The poll results will be announced on May 15.

(With inputs from agencies)

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