Bypolls to Rajarajeswari Nagar and Shira Assembly seats in Karnataka will be held on November 3. It is reported that the Congress has decided to field Kusuma, a Vokkaliga from the constituency, as Vokkaligas form a dominant vote bank in the area.
Bengaluru: Late IAS officer DK Ravi’s wife Kusuma is rumoured to contest the upcoming bypoll elections from RR Nagar constituency on a Congress ticket.
On Tuesday, the Election Commission announced that bypolls to RR Nagar and Shira Assembly seats in Karnataka will be held on November 3.
Congress had already announced that it will field former minister TB Jayachandra as party candidate from Shira.
It is now learnt that the party has decided to field Kusuma, a Vokkaliga from the RR Nagara constituency.
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Vokkaligas reportedly form a dominant vote bank in both the Assembly seats and the Congress is said to have taken the decision considering this equation.
Meanwhile the ruling BJP is likely to give a ticket to Munirathna, keeping up its promise to field disqualified Congress-JD(S) legislators who had played a key role in the party coming to power.
The bypolls had been necessitated in Shira following the death of JD(S) leader B Sathyanarayan last month, while the Rajarajeswari Nagar seat fell vacant following the disqualification of Congress MLA N Munirathna under the anti- defection law last year.
Last Updated 1, Oct 2020, 11:54 AM