Heavy rush for filing nominations in Kolar

Most of the candidates came after Rahukaala and namaz; Today last day for filing papers

Hordes of people gathered in and outside the Kolar City Municipal Council office on Friday, as a large number of candidates accompanied by their supporters came to file nominations for the Urban Local Body elections.

As Saturday was the last day to file nominations, a number of candidates had turned on Friday, giving a tough time to police in controlling the swelling crowd.

The roads near the CMC office were jam packed and wore a festive look as most of candidates came in grand processions to file nominations. The supporters bursted countless crackers mimicking victory celebration though elections were still due.

The processions passed through some of the prominent roads like MG Road, Gowripet Road, Bangarapet Road, Shanimahatma Temple Road and Old Post Office Road.
The road in front of the CMC office was closed for vehicular movement due to the presence of hundreds of supported.

The offices of the five Election Officers set up in the CMC premises were small and it further added to the commotion and jostling with long queues of people in front them. At times the queue crossed the compound walls of the CMC and stretched all along the road.

Though according to rules only six people including the candidate can enter the office of the Election Officer for filing the nominations, it was conspicuously missing in wake of congested office space.

Rahukaala

Though filing of nominations was hectic from 10.30 am, a majority of the candidates came after the rahukaala ( inauspicious time) and namaz. As result there was a huge rush of people at around 12 noon. The scorching sun and sweltering heat didn’t deter supporters from cheering their leaders.

Usually, nomination is received only till 3 pm. However, seeing the huge rush, the officers decided to extend the time. The officers made a list of candidates and then started collecting nomination papers.

Many CMC members, workers of many social organisations and political party leaders filed nominations.

Field day for supporters

The proposers and supporters of all the candidates had a field day. Most of them were found happy and certainly not without a reason.

It is learnt that candidates paid Rs 500 to people who came as proposers during filing the nominations while those who came as supporters were treated with biriyani.

As candidates had given bulk orders for biriyani, most of the non-veg hotels and mess in the city did brisk business. However, the day turned out to be sad for meat lovers, as there was no service in the hotels or mess.

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