As Thursday, April 20, drew to a close, the fervour surrounding the Karnataka Elections on May 10 picked up momentum. Election officials reported that 5,102 nominations for candidates had been submitted overall as of Thursday, the deadline for submitting the paperwork. The nominations will be reviewed on Friday.
On April 13, the election notification was released, marking the start of the nomination paper submission process. The nominations will be reviewed on April 21, and the deadline to withdraw a candidature is April 24. On May 10, voting will take place in one phase throughout the state, and on May 13, results will be tallied.
All The Numbers In The Karnataka Elections:
3,327 male candidates submitted 4,710 nominations, while 304 female candidates submitted 391 nominations out of the total. The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka announced late Thursday night that an “other gender” candidate had submitted one candidature.
According to the report, candidates affiliated with the BJP submitted 707 nominations, the Congress 651 nominations, the JD(S) 455 nominations, and the remainder came from smaller parties and independent candidates. A candidate may submit up to four nominations, according to the officials. On Thursday, the sixth and final day for filing documents, 1,934 nominations were submitted from 1,691 candidates, including some well-known figures.
In the filing, there have been some intriguing developments. For instance, DK Suresh, the brother of KPCC chairman DK Shivakumar, filed his nomination papers from the location where his sibling was running.
However, according to insiders in the Congress, Suresh submitted his paperwork as a fallback option in the event that Shivakumar’s nomination was denied for the Karnataka elections.
Which Leaders Have Filed Nominations For The Karnataka Elections?
As a last-minute surprise, Congress MP for Bangalore Rural DK Suresh entered the race from the Kanakapura district, where his older brother and state Congress president DK Shivakumar is the party’s nominee.
ಆನೇಕಲ್ ವಿಧಾನಸಭಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿಯಾದ ಬಿ.ಶಿವಣ್ಣನವರ ನಾಮಪತ್ರ ಸಲ್ಲಿಕೆಗೆ ಇಂದು ಜೊತೆಯಾಗಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಮತಗಳ ಅಂತರದ ಗೆಲುವು ಅವರದಾಗಲಿ ಎಂದು ಹಾರೈಸಿದೆನು. pic.twitter.com/iAEuhN4iwo
— DK Suresh (@DKSureshINC) April 19, 2023
Several Congress officials claim that Suresh has submitted his paperwork as a “backup plan” in the event that Shivakumar’s nomination is denied. With the support of HD Deve Gowda, the JD(S) patriarch and previous prime minister, the entire family of JD(S) candidate HP Swaroop supported him as he filed his nomination in Hassan.
BJP candidate from Shivamogga, SN Channabasappa, filed his paperwork in the presence of a senior leader and incumbent MLA KS Eshwarappa, who has declared his retirement from electoral politics. The party announced Channabasappa’s candidature on Wednesday night.
Ashok Jayaram, a member of the BJP running for office in Mandya, filed his nomination papers while being accompanied by Minister CN Ashwath Narayan and independent MP Sumalatha Ambareesh.
— Pralhad Joshi (@JoshiPralhad) April 20, 2023
Satish Jarkiholi, the working president of the Congress, reportedly filed his nomination from Yamakanmardi in the Belagavi district. Alongside Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, Minister Shashikala Jolle filed her paperwork from her traditional seat in the region of Nippani.
Renukacharya (Honnali) of the BJP, Katta Jagadish (Hebbal), Ramachandra Gowda (Sidlaghatta), and Yogesh HC (Shivamogga) of the Congress were among those who also submitted their nominations on Thursday.