Bengaluru, May 23: Congress on Monday announced M Nagaraju Yadav and K Abdul Jabbar as its candidates for the biennial election to seven seats of Karnataka Legislative Council, to be elected by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), scheduled for June 3.
Tuesday is the last date to file nominations for the polls.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has approved the proposal for the candidature of Yadav and Jabbar, AICC said in a release.
While, Yadav is the former chairman of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Jabbar is currently the president of the minority cell of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and a former MLC.
The election is necessitated as the term of office of seven members expires on June 14.
The seats will be falling vacant due to the retirement of MLCs -- Laxman Sangappa Savadi and Lahar Singh Siroya of BJP; Ramappa Timmapur, Allum Veerabhadrappa, Veena Achaiah S of Congress; and H M Ramesha Gowda and Narayana Swamy K V of JD(S).
According to official sources, in this election, each MLC candidate will require a minimum of 29 votes to win, and on the basis of minimum votes required and tallying it with the strength of each party in the Legislative Assembly, the BJP is expected to win four seats, Congress two, and JD(S) one.
There were too many MLC ticket aspirants in the Congress party.
State Congress president D K Shivakumar had earlier today said there were more than 200 aspirants for the two seats.
There were also talks about differences between Shivakumar and Congress Legislature party leader Siddaramaiah regarding candidates the State unit had recommended to the high command. However, both leaders had rejected such speculation.
Senior party leader and former Minister S R Patil was among the key aspirants for the ticket.
The polling will be held between 9 AM - 4 PM on June 3 and counting of votes at 5 PM that day.
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Mangaluru: Continuous rainfall in Dakshina Kannada including Mangaluru, is now posing threat to the low-lying areas with flooding if the rain continues for next few hours.
Incidents of wall of the houses and compound walls collapsing, have also been reported from several areas since Wednesday night.
Similarly, cracks were also spotted on the Maravur Bridge following which the Deputy Commissioner instructed the PWD Executive Engineering to visit the spot and inspect the bridge on Thursday morning.
Due to the drainage issues, several areas in Mangaluru including Kottara Chowki were experiencing water logging causing traffic jams and panic among the locals who fear flooding if the rains do not stop.
In several other areas, homes have also been inundated with rain water putting the houses on risk of damages. Residents in these areas were evacuated and were shifted to other localities temporarily.
The Deputy Commissioner also declared holidays to PU and Degree colleges due to rains on June 30. He also added that the decision on declaring holidays to schools and other colleges will be taken after assessing the situation in the district by Friday morning.