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K''taka Assembly bypolls: BJP names candidates for 2 seats;

K''taka Assembly bypolls: BJP names candidates for 2 seats;
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JD(S) picks Krishnamurthy for RR Nagar

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

Karnataka.

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

constituency.

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

state.

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

and Krishnamurthy.

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

Kumaraswamy.

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

Nagar

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

BJP.

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

Sira.PTI KSU GMS SS

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