Vcmc Polls: Yatnal Has Upper Hand In Candidate Selection | Hubballi News

VIJAYAPURA: Vijayapura City MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal got an upper hand in the selection of BJP candidates for the Vijayapura City Municipal Corporation elections. Monday was the last day for nominations and 358 candidates submitted their papers. 211 candidates submitted their papers on Monday. Thursday is the last day to withdraw the papers.
Voting for the 35 seats will be held on October 28 and the BJP has fielded 33 candidates. He has not fielded candidates in constituencies 20 and 27, which are reserved for minorities. the congress has fielded candidates in all 35 constituencies, while the JD(S) will contest in 24 wards.
All BJP candidates are Hindus. The Congress has fielded 18 Hindu and 17 Muslim candidates, while the JD(S) has fielded 13 Muslim and 11 Hindu candidates. The BJP, which claims to enjoy the support of Brahmins, has fielded a Brahmin – Radha Tavarage – from 31 constituencies.
BJP leaders found it difficult to finalize the list as Yatnal, water resources minister Govind Karjol and former MLA Appasaheb Pattanshetti were trying to get tickets for their loyalists. However, it was Yatnal who had the last laugh with the main part of the roster that had his loyalties. Vijayapura MP Ramesh Jigajinagi kept himself out of the process.
Two candidates — former mayor Sangeeta Santosh Pol and former Deputy Mayor Anand Vithal Dhumale – who were aspirants were denied ticket and joined JD(S) to contest from constituency 33 and 30 respectively. Another BJP aspirant Raju Biradar, who was denied a ticket from constituency 35, is fighting as a rebel.
For Yatnal, for the election VCMC it is important because the results will affect his position in the party. The result can be seen as a referendum on his popularity among his constituents. While the leaders were candidates trying to run for tickets, it is now the turn of the leaders to withdraw the rebels from the fray. Clarity will emerge after the deadline for withdrawal of papers ends on Thursday.

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