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Rahul Gandhi begins Karnataka visit today

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On the first day of the visit, Rahul Gandhi will go to two temples.

The ruling Congress is gearing up for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections. While the party has to fight the anti-incumbency, it has to also fight the strong Hindutva narrative created by the opposition BJP. In wake of the strong competition, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will today embark upon his visit to the poll-bound Karnataka.
In the first leg of the visit, Rahul Gandhi will conduct a roadshow from Hosapete in Ballari district. In the following three days, Gandhi plans to criss-cross Hyderabad Karnataka region.
According to the schedule of February 10, Rahul will speak at a public meeting at Hosapete’s Municipal ground.
Following the public meeting, he will pay a visit to the Huligemma temple and Gavi Siddeswara Mutt. He will speak at a corner meeting in Koppal. In the last leg, Rahul Gandhi will attend a public meeting at a college in Kukanur.
It is important to note that, in his first visit Rahul Gandhi is visiting two temples, continuing the temple hopping spree that was seen in Gujarat Election as well.
For a period of three days, he is expected to interact with youth, farmer, and businessmen besides addressing a series of rallies. According to reports, he will also visit temples, maths and dargha to tap on the religious sentiments of voters.
KPCC president, Dr G. Parameshwara, said, “Rahul Gandhi would visit Ballari, Koppal, Raichur, Yadgir, Kalaburagi and Bidar before returning to New Delhi on February 13.”
“The Congress president would visit the famous Huligamma Temple in Yadgir, Gavi Siddeshwara Math of Lingayats in Koppal, Khwaja Bande Nawaz Darga in Kalaburgi, the residence of the late Qamarul Islam, former Minister, and also the Anubhava Mantapa at Basavakalyan in Bidar during his tour,” Dr Parameshwara said.
He further added that Gandhi would interact with representatives of farmers at Sindhanur in Raichur district and also professionals and businessmen at Kalaburgi besides meeting youth and students.

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Siddaramaiah – Devegowda’s nomination process turns violent in Mysuru

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MYSURU:  Karnataka election heat has risen as supporters of both CM Siddaramaiah and G T Devegowda of JD(S), ran into each other as their leaders filed their nominations from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru on Friday.

Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple, the North Gate of Mysuru Palace was turned into a battlefield as the two nomination processions were slated to commence.

The front section of the temple was covered by the Congress workers while JD(S) supporters assembled near Town Hall.

As the Congress supporters broke the security cordons, the police intervened and resorted to mild caning.

Sources claimed Congress had sought time to take out a rally before JD(S). But Congress rescheduled its rally, leading to delay and tension for four hours from 11 am. Siddaramaiah was scheduled to arrive at 12 noon and Devegowda at 2 pm. As Siddaramaiah got delayed, Devegowda acceded to the cops’ request and arrived early.

The police changed the route of the procession to the returning officer’s office in Nazarbad 2km away, as the CM reached the procession venue at 2 pm to ensure both party workers did not run into each other. Karnataka state elections will be held on 12 May 2018 in all 224 constituencies of the Legislative Assembly. The counting of votes and announcement of result will take place on 15 May 2018.

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Karnataka Assembly Elections buzz: Candidates start filing papers

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Twenty-nine candidates filed their nomination papers from constituencies across the state on Tuesday, day 1 of Karnataka state elections.

The Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai R Vala notified it’s 224-member assembly about the May 12 elections on Tuesday. The poll panel said in a statement,”The governor is pleased to call upon the people to elect members to the 15th legislative assembly in accordance with the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951.”
The filing of nominations for the polls has begun on 17th April, 11 am onwards. Between 17th and 24th, nominations can be filed from 11 am and 3 pm. Some of the rules for the process as specified by the commissioner are: not more than three vehicles and five people including can be present within 100m of the office of the RO.
Nomination paper and the format for the same have been provided to the political parties. Six of the 29 candidates who filed their nominations on Tuesday did so in Bengaluru city.
The Congress which hopes to retain power has not announced any Chief Ministerial candidate but is firm in declaring that incumbent Siddaramaiah will be the party’s “face” during the polls. At the same time, BJP has announced former Chief Minister Yeddyurappa as its Chief Ministerial candidate.
In the constituency of Shantinagar, retired IAS officer Renuka Viswanathan of the Aam Aadmi Party and Anthony Santosh filed nominations. Gopalagowda HN from KR Puram and Dr P Anil Kumar from Bommanahalli are some of the others who did the same. The only sitting MLA to file his papers was Anand Mamani of the BJP from Yellamma Savadatti in Belagavi district.
Karnataka assembly elections will begin on May 12 and conclude on May 15.
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AIADMK contesting Karnataka Elections on two seats

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The AIADMK appointed key office-bearers to the party’s state unit in poll-bound Karnataka and indicated it would contest two assembly constituencies in the May 12 elections.

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday indicated that it would field its candidates in the two assembly constituencies of Karnataka, which is going to Assembly elections next month.

The party invited applications from aspirants who wanted to contest from Kolar Gold Field and Gandhinagar assembly seats, which have a sizable Tamil population, in the neighbouring state. A release stated that the party wanted applicants for the constituencies to submit their applications on Wednesday and Thursday.

They had in December last relieved Va Pugazhenthi, a loyalist of then sidelined leader T T V Dhinakaran, as Secretary of AIADMK’s Karnataka unit. The party has made a huge impact in southern states, Maharashtra, New Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

This is the first election after which the dual leadership suffered a serious setback in R K Nagar bypolls, where the contending leader, TTV Dhinakaran won by a huge margin.

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