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A L Pushpa Lakshmanaswamy - Women Commission

Poll officials working for Congress: BJP

BJP national general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Muralidhar Rao said a complaint will be filed with the Election Commission of India against “some officials working in favour of the Congress government.”

The party is not being permitted to put up hoardings and advertisements in Bengaluru and other places, Rao said. “Also, pro-BJP paintings on compounds of workers’ homes are being removed. This is wrong,” he said.

The party will launch a statewide ‘Namma Mane BJP Mane’ campaign in which its flag will be hoisted atop homes of workers. “About 11 lakh people will be a part of this campaign,” he said.

 

Rebel Cong leader goes Independent in Jagalur

Congress leader A L Pushpa on Monday filed her nomination as an independent candidate for the Jagalur Assembly constituency, after her ticket was given to sitting legislator H P Rajesh.

Pushpa was earlier announced as the Congress candidate, sparking off protests by Rajesh’s followers. The party was then forced to put the ticket on hold following pressure from Davangere district in-charge minister S S Mallikarjun. Pushpa will go up against Rajesh, Devendrappa B of the JD(S) and
S V Ramachandra of the BJP.

 

Last day to file nominations

Tuesday (April 24) is the last day for candidates to file nominations for the May 12 Assembly elections. According to the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, more than 1,900 candidates have filed nomination since April 17. Election authorities will scrutinise nominations on April 25. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is April 27.

 

KR Pet MLA cries foul as JD(S) replaces him

The JD(S) on Monday decided against the candidature of its sitting MLA Narayana Gowda from K R Pet, forcing him to contest as an Independent from the constituency.

Narayana Gowda had filed his nominations on Monday morning. However, by afternoon, he learnt that party supremo H D Deve Gowda had given the ‘C form’ to advocate Devaraj.

A dejected Narayana Gowda said Deve Gowda had let him down. “I have nothing against Kumaraswamy — it’s not his fault... But I don’t know what Gowda is thinking. I have never felt so betrayed. I met him even last night, but he gave me no indication,” he told DH. “I have worked day and night, and spent a lot of money. I have decided to contest the elections as an Independent to make Kumaraswamy the CM,” he added.

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