Bengaluru: The ruling BJP, opposition Congress and JD(S) will finalise the list of candidates for the upcoming MLC elections to seven seats. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa and state BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel will meet on Monday evening to finalise candidates for the elections.

KS Eshwarappa, senior BJP leader and RDPR minister on Saturday had said, “The party owes much to former Congress and JD(S) leaders who joined the BJP and helped it come to power in the state. Likewise, there are many long-time party workers whose contributions cannot be sidelined. There is a need to give opportunities to both.”

He hoped that the candidate selection would bring satisfaction to both party workers as well as those whose support enabled the party to form the government in the state. Everyone would be given an opportunity, and this would help the government complete the next three years, he said.

Meanwhile, on the other hand Congress has a problem of plenty as many leaders are lobbying for party nomination for the two seats Congress can win.

Voting for the seven MLC seats will be held on June 29. June 18 is the last date for filing nominations.

The JD(S) and Congress is scheduled to hold its meeting on Monday to finalise names for the elections.

JD(S) is scheduled to hold its legislature party meeting on Monday afternoon to finalise one name for the elections

BJP is expected to bag four, Congress two and JDS one seat(s) based on their strength in the Karnataka Assembly.