The BJP presents 56 candidates, Congress 49 for Belagavi Corpn. polls
The elections to the board of the Belagavi City Corporation, which took place for the first time on the list of candidates, have increased pressure among political parties, candidates and their supporters. The poll is scheduled for September 3.
No less than 519 candidates submitted applications for the 58 districts of the city, an average of nine candidates per district.
No party, however, was able to field candidates in every neighborhood. Although the BJP chose 58 candidates, it was unable to secure the symbol in two neighborhoods due to the party’s delay in submitting the required documents. Today, the BJP has 56 candidates, Congress 49, AAP 28, Janata Dal (S) 12 and AIMIM fielded its candidates in six constituencies.
Independents form the largest number of candidates at 364. Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti does not have a fixed symbol because it is not a recognized party. Its candidates apply as freelancers.
There were disappointed candidates for BJP and Congress. Some women members who were refused tickets went to MP Mangala Angadi’s office and expressed their displeasure. They vowed to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party leaders Amit Shah and JP Nadda that local leaders gave a ticket to some who were not even core members of the BJP.
Minister Umesh Katti and Legislative Assembly Member Abhay Patil played down the discontent by saying it was natural before any election. “However, we talk to all those who are not very happy and make them work for the official candidates,” he said.
KPCC Labor Chairman Satish Jarkiholi said Congress would sweep the ballot boxes. He admitted that there was some dissatisfaction among some local leaders who could not get tickets to their preferred neighborhoods. “But that’s normal in a democracy. We will work to bring them all together, ”he said.
The police organized a march on Tuesday in some vulnerable areas, in order to boost the confidence of the inhabitants. A team led by Deputy Police Commissioner Vikram Amathe led the march through the old town of Chavat Galli to Kacheri Road. There are 47 vulnerable areas in the city. They will be covered in due course, he said.
Meanwhile, District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner MG Hiremath said voting will end at 6 p.m. as voting hours have been extended by an hour. This applies to the corporation and the vacant quarters of Raibag and Saundatti Yallamma.
Two senior officials were appointed as observers for the polls.
Special Deputy Commissioner Geeta Koulagi has been appointed observer for wards 1-29. Her mobile number is 9448933533. Co-Director of Agriculture, Jilani Mokashi, has been appointed as an observer for wards 30-58. His mobile number is 8277934042.