Bengaluru: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka Tuesday nominated K Narayan, a businessman, for the bypoll scheduled to be held on December 1.

The seat had fallen vacant after first-time Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti succumbed to COVID-19 in Bengaluru in September.

Tuesday was the last day for the filing of nominations, and if required, the polls would be held on December 1.

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Confirming the announcement, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted, "Dr K Narayan has been picked as the party nominee to fill the Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka. Heartfelt congratulations to him."

K Narayan, who was born and brought up in Mangaluru belongs to the Devanga community, identified among other backward-class communities in the state.

Narayan is an established publisher of magazines and newspapers. A staunch RSS follower, Narayan also publishes a monthly magazine in Sanskrit, for the last 25 years and edits a Tulu paper.