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Congress wins top posts in two ZPs

By Our Special Correspondent

DHARWAD Nov. 12. Basavanneppa Tippanna Gudadiri and Akkavva Lalappa Lamani, both Congress members, were today unanimously elected President and Vice-President, respectively, of the Dharwad Zilla Panchayat here today.

The election of Vice-President was a formality since only one candidate was available from the group for which the post was reserved (a woman candidate from a Scheduled Caste).

The election of President, which was reserved for the OBC(A) category, saw a proxy battle for political supremacy between H.K. Patil, Minister for Water Resources, on one side, and D.K. Shivakumar, Minister for Urban Development, and K.N. Gaddi, Minister of State for Forests, on the other.

The Patil group checkmated the efforts of the other group to get Shantavva Gonal, a relative of Shivalli, Kundgol MLA, elected as President. In the 18-member zilla panchayat, the Congress accounts for 14 members, the BJP three, and the JD(S) 1 member.

Bijapur ZP

Our Bijapur Staff Correspondent reports:

Anitha Anil Pandre and Kenchappa Biradar, both members of the Congress, were on Wednesday elected unopposed as President and Vice-President of Bijapur Zilla Panchayat, respectively.

Except one BJP member, all other members of the 32-member panchayat are from the Congress.

The post of President was reserved for a woman candidate from the BC `B' category. Although Ms. Pandre was the only woman elected to the panchayat from the category, three other candidates staked their claim by submitting income certificates.

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) sent an observer for the election, P.M. Ashok, General Secretary. Mr. Ashok, who arrived here on Tuesday, brought about a consensus a few minutes before the filing of nominations.

The Minister in charge of Bijapur district, B.S. Patil Sasanur, and Mr. Ashok told presspersons that two other members of the party would assume office as President and Vice-President of the zilla panchayat after 10 months

BJP bags TP seat

Our Tumkur Staff Correspondent reports:

The BJP candidate, Kumaraswamy, won the Ammasandra seat in Turuvekere Taluk Panchayat in Tumkur district. The seat fell vacant due to the resignation of Nagaraj, President of the panchayat, who opted to join government service as a primary school teacher.

The election was held on Sunday. Mr. Kumaraswamy defeated Mahalingaiah of the Congress by 761 votes.

By winning the Ammasandra seat, the BJP is in an advantageous position to bag the top two posts of the taluk panchayat, elections for which will be held later this week.

The Congress leaders, N.R. Jagadhish and Chinnayellappa Reddy, have been appointed the party's observers for the elections to the top two posts of the Tumkur Taluk Panchayat, according to a release from S.P. Muddahanume Gowda, President, Tumkur District Congress Committee (TDCC), here today. The elections to the top two posts of all the 10 taluk panchayats in the district are to be held later this week.

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