The opposition Congress on Saturday named six more candidates for contesting the 15 Assembly by-elections across Karnataka on December 5.
“Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the names of the candidates for contesting the Karnataka assembly by-elections,” Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik in a statement in New Delhi.
The candidates are GB Mangasuli (Athani), BA Kage (Kagwad), Lakha Jarkiholi (Gokak), Venkatrao Ghorpade (Vijayanagara), Rizwan Arshad (Shivajinagara) and KB Chandrashekar (KR Pet).
The party had announced candidates for eight other Assembly segments on October 31. They are: Bhimmanna Naik (Yellapur), BH Bannikod (Hirekerur), KB Koliwad (Rannebennur), M Anjanappa (Chikkaballapur), M Narayanswamy (KR Pura), M. Shivaraj (Mahalakshmi Layout), Padmavathi Suresh (Hoskote) and H.P Manjunath (Hunsur).
The Congress is yet to announce candidate for the Yeshwanthapura seat in Bengaluru north.
The by-elections have been necessitated in 17 Assembly segments following the resignation of their legislators belonging to the Congress (14) and Janata Dal-Secular (3) in July. Elections have been withheld in two seats because of pending court cases
Bypolls in Muski (Raichur district) and R.R. Nagar (Bengaluru southwest) have been withheld due to litigation in the Karnataka High Court over their results in the May 2018 Aassembly elections.
The counting of votes will take place on December 9.
The announcement from Congress comes after the JD(S) and BJP both released their first list of candidates on Thursday.
The announcements came just a day after the Supreme Court decided that the rebel MLAs who resigned from the Congress-JD(S) ruling coalition can contest the bye-polls. Incidentally, all the rebel MLAs except Roshan Baig joined the BJP in presence of Chief Minister and former state president BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday. The BJP has allotted 13 seats to 13 of these rebels and is yet to announce its candidates in 2 seats.