Over 3,600 candidates have filed a total of 5,102 nominations for the May 10 Assembly polls in Karnataka till Thursday (April 20), the last day for filing of the papers, election officials said in Bengaluru.
The process of filing the nomination papers began on April 13 with the election notification being issued.
Of the total nominations, 4,710 were filed by 3,327 male candidates and 391 nominations were by 304 female candidates. One nomination has been filed by an “other gender” candidate, the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka said in a Thursday night statement.
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It said 707 nominations were filed by candidates who identified themselves with the BJP, 651 Congress, 455 JD(S) and the rest from other smaller parties and Independents.
According to the officials, one candidate may file up to four nominations.
On Thursday, the sixth and last day for filing of the papers, 1,934 nominations were filed by 1,691 candidates, including several prominent leaders.
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In a surprise move just hours before the deadline for filing of nominations, Congress MP from Bangalore Rural DK Suresh entered the fray from the Kanakapura segment, from where his elder brother and state Congress chief DK Shivakumar is the party’s candidate.
According to several Congress functionaries, Suresh has filed his papers as a “backup plan” in the event of the nomination of Shivakumar getting rejected.
In Hassan, JD(S) candidate HP Swaroop filed his nomination with the backing of the entire family of former prime minister and JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda.
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BJP candidate from Shivamogga Channabasappa, whose ticket was announced on Wednesday night by the party, filed his papers in the presence of senior leader and sitting MLA K S Eshwarappa, who has announced retirement from electoral politics.
Accompanied by Independent MP Sumalatha Ambareesh and minister CN Ashwath Narayan, BJP candidate from Mandya Ashok Jayaram filed his nomination papers.
According to reports, Congress working president Satish Jarkiholi filed his nomination from Yemakanmardi in Belagavi district. Minister Shashikala Jolle filed her papers from her traditional seat of Nippani in the district, accompanied by Union Minister Pralhad Joshi.
Among others who filed their nominations on Thursday were the BJPs M P Renukacharya (Honnali), Katta Jagadish (Hebbal) and Ramachandra Gowda (Sidlaghatta), and the Congress Ramanatha Rai (Bantwal) and Yogesh HC (Shivamogga).
Scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 21, and the last day for the withdrawal of candidature is April 24.