Council elections for 3 seats to be held tomorrow

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Bangalore, Oct 30 (UNI) Straight fight between BJP and the Congress will be on the card in the elections for the three seats of Karnataka Legislative Council from local bodies constituencies of Dharwad, Madikeri and Belgaum to be held tomorrow.

With Janata Dal(S) extending support to the Congress in all the three seats, BJP faces a stern test after it came to power for the first time in South India in May.

The representatives of panchayats, urban local bodies, MPs and legislators would vote elect their candidates. The counting would be taken up on November three.

A keen tussle will be witnessed at Dharwad with former MLA Shivaraj Sajjanar of BJP pitted against Shrinivas Mane of Congress.

The tenure for the seat is only for 14 months.

It fell vacant following the resignation of Basavaraj Bommai representing JD(U). He later contested in the Assembly elections and won on a BJP ticket to become a minister.

The Congress has entered into alliance with the JD-S in this constituency just to defeat the BJP. Shrinivas Mane belongs to KPCC youth wing and has worked as General Secretary.

In Madikeri, Mittu Chengappa of Congress will fight against S G Medappa of BJP. The poll was caused after Arun Machaiah of BJP quit the seat to contest for the Assembly and won.

In Belgaum S C Malagi of Congress will cross swords with Shashikant Naik of the BJP. The election in Belgaum is caused by the resignation of Satish L Jarkiholi formerly a JD(S) leader, who also resigned to contest from Assembly. He later won on a BJP ticket to become a minister.

The 75-member house has 28 members from Congress followed by 23 members of BJP.


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