Protests across Karnataka over denial of Cong, BJP tickets

Protests across Karnataka over denial of Cong, BJP tickets

Supporters of Jagur MLA Rajesh protest in front of Davanagere district incharge minister SS Mallikarjuna's residence. DH photo

Dissatisfaction among Congress and BJP ticket aspirants and their followers for not getting tickets to contest the Assembly polls on May 12 in Karnataka, marked the day on Tuesday. 


Followers of MLA H P Rajesh who was denied the Jagalur ticket staged a protest at the Jayadeva Circle in Davanagere on Tuesday. Thousands of supporters who arrived from Jagalur, burnt tires at the Gandhi Circle to vent their anger. They staged a dharna in front of district in-charge minister S S Mallikarjun's house. 


Followers of industrialist Sangamesh Niranige on Tuesday, staged a protest in Jamakandi, Bagalkot demanding that the BJP ticket be given to their leader. Sangamesh is former minister Murugesh Nirani's brother. He was an aspirant for the Jamakandi ticket. 

Dramatic events occurred when one protester tried to commit suicide by jumping off a multi-storied building while another poured kerosene on himself and tried to self-immolate. Both were stopped from committing suicide by others. Thousands had gathered at the Desai Circle in the town to witness this drama. 

The BJP Jamakandi ticket has been given to former MLA Srikanth Kulkarni. The Congress Jamakandi ticket has been given to Pushpa Lakshmana Swamy. 


In the Maski Assembly constituency, Mahadevappa Gowda Patil's supporters staged a protest because he was not given the BJP ticket. The protest was held at Maski town. 


In Kudlagi, Congress workers burnt tires at the Madakari circle protesting against the giving of the party ticket to Gujjal Raghu.  

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