Congress Releases Official List of Candidates for the Karnataka Polls

Congress Releases Official List of Candidates for the Karnataka Polls

On Thursday morning, the Congress Party released its sixth and final list of candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka. The list includes candidates for the five remaining constituencies. This is the last day for filing nominations for the May 10 polls.

Congress has selected B V Rajeev Gowda from Sidlaghatta to replace current MLA V Muniyappa. Other nominees are Mohammed Shalam (Raichur), S Anand Kumar (C V Raman Nagar), HP Sridhar Gowda (Arkalgud), and Inayath Ali (Mangalore City North).

The Congress party has put forth candidates for all 224 constituencies in Karnataka.

On Wednesday evening, the Congress revealed its fifth list of three nominees, one of whom is to take on the current Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in Shiggaon.

The party made a change within 24 hours and replaced Mohammed Yousuf Savanur with Yasir Ahmed Khan Phatan as its candidate from Shiggaon in the Haveri district.

A C Srinivasa has been chosen by the party to stand in Pulakeshinagar instead of re-nominating sitting MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy, who filed nomination as an independent candidate on Wednesday when it became clear he would not be given the ticket.

In August 2020, Murthy, a Dalit who had won the 2018 Assembly elections with the highest margin of 81,626 votes, saw his house and the DJ Halli police station set aflame by a violent mob due to a social media post shared by one of his relatives. This incident created a record.

Congress has chosen D K Mohan to stand in the K R Puram constituency in Bengaluru, opposing the BJP’s Byrathi Basavaraj, a Minister in the Basavaraj Bommai government.

Byrathi Basavaraj initially won an Assembly seat in 2018 on a Congress ticket. However, he was one of the 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs who resigned, which caused the collapse of the coalition government and enabled the BJP to come to power in 2019. Subsequently, he won the polls on a BJP ticket.

The review of nominations will occur on April 21st, and the last day to withdraw one’s candidacy is April 24th.


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