Cong agrees to support disqualified MLA’s aide in Mulbagal

Cong agrees to support disqualified MLA’s aide in Mulbagal

The confusion over Congress candidates for Kolar and Mulbagal (SC) Assembly constituencies has been resolved with Kothur G Manjunath and M Nandini (second daughter of Lok Sabha member K H Muniyappa) withdrawing their nominations in the two segments respectively.

Manjunath, who was disqualified as MLA by the high court on Tuesday, had filed nomination as an Independent in Kolar and as a Congress candidate in Mulbagal, a SC reserved segment. He had attracted the wrath of leaders for entering the poll fray in Kolar, despite the party fielding a candidate, Syed Zameer Pasha, a retired IAS officer from there.

On the other hand, Muniyappa had fielded his daughter from Mulbagal, anticipating that the verdict in caste certificate case may go against Manjunath in the high court. The move did not go well with the party leaders. Since the high court declared Manjunath’s caste certificate invalid, his nomination in Mulbagal was rejected. However, the one filed in Kolar was accepted.

Manjunath insisted that Pasha’s candidature should be withdrawn in Kolar to accommodate him. Similarly, Muniyappa sought that his daughter be allowed to contest from Mulbagal since there was no Congress candidate in the constituency. However, both the demands were vehemently opposed by the party workers.

Ultimately, the party leaders worked out a compromise formula as per which both Manjunath and Nandini withdrew their nomination papers. It was decided that the party should extend its support to an “able” close aide of Manjunath contesting from Mulbagal and Pasha shall be the contestant for Kolar. Manjunath is yet to decide on the “able” contestant.

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