Bengaluru, Oct 13 (PTI) The ruling BJP on Tuesday
named its candidates for the coming by-elections to the Sira
and Rajarajeshwari (RR) Nagar Assembly constituencies in
The opposition JD(S) announced V Krishnamurthy as its
candidate for the RR Nagar seat in the city.
Dr Rajesh Gowda and N Munirathna would be the BJP
candidates for the November 3 bypolls to Sira in Tumakuru
district and RR Nagar constituencies respectively, party
national general secretary Arun Singh said in a release.
Gowda is the son of former Congress MP C P
Mudalagiriyappa, who had represented the Chitradurga Lok Sabha
Barely 10 days ago Gowda, a radiologist by profession,
was inducted into the BJP giving rise to speculation that he
would be fielded from Sira.
Munirathna, on the other hand, had been a Congress MLA
twice from RR Nagar since 2013 until he resigned from the
assembly last year along with 16 other MLAs of Congress and
the JD(S), which helped install the BJP government in the
Later he joined the saffron party.
It was Munirathna''s resignation, which necessitated
the RR Nagar bypoll.
Meanwhile, Krishnamurthy who has been chosen to
contest from RR Nagar is a leader from the Jnananbharathi
ward, JD(S) sources said.
"Three probables whom we had shortlisted, held
discussions, ultimately they have decided on the name of
Krishnamurthy. His father was a loyal party worker,
Krishnamurthy is following in his footsteps. Tomorrow probably
he will file nomination around 10:30 am," JD(S) legislature
party leader H D Kumaraswamy told reporters.
JD(S) had earlier shortlisted three probables -- party
city unit chief R Praksah, RR Nagar President Bettaswamy Gowda
Kumaraswamy said it will be a three-cornered contest
between the Congress, BJP and JD(S) in RR Nagar.
Responding to a question that BJP has fielded his
friend Munirathna from RR Nagar, he said, "both of us have
come from the film world. We may have friendship in the film
world, but not in politics. There is no need for people of the
constituency to pay heed for any speculations."
JD(S) Bengaluru city unit President R Prakash in a
release said, Krishnamurthy will be filing his nomination on
Wednesday in the presence of former Chief Minister
The byelections has been necessitated for Sira
following the death JD(S) legislator B Sathyanarayana in
August; while the Rajarajeshwari Nagar ( R R Nagar) seat fell
vacant following the disqualification of then Congress MLA N
Munirathna under the anti defection law last year.
The Congress has fielded Kusuma H, wife of IAS officer
DK Ravi, who died in March 2015, as its candidate from R R
With an eye on garnering sympathy votes, the JD(S) has
fielded Ammajamma, wife of late Sathyanarayana as the
candidate from Sira, where she is pitted against former
Minister T B Jayachandra of the Congress, who had represented
the seat in the past, and radiologist Dr C M Rajesh Gowda from
With both constituencies having considerable presence
of the Vokkaliga community, the party''s strong vote base, JD
(S) is keen on winning both the seats, especially on retaining
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