Staff Correspondent

Door-to-door canvassing will continue till tonight

Six candidates in the fray in Belgaum, eight in Dharwad

Counting of votes to be taken up on Monday

Belgaum: Campaigning for elections from local authorities constituencies to the Legislative Council ended on an unusual note with none of the contestants or their parties making any allegations of luring voters as far as Belgaum district is concerned.

Perhaps, due to the absence of a model code of conduct in these elections, the contestants have not found enough reasons to make allegations defined as “electoral malpractices”.

However, door-to-door canvassing in support of contestants will go on till Thursday night. Polling will be held on Friday. Counting of votes will be taken up on Monday.

The contest is between Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress candidates Mahantesh Kavatagimath and Veerkumar Patil respectively. The latter is a member of the Council. The Janata Dal (Secular) candidate, Lingaraj Patil, it is said, has been fielded by party leader A.B. Patil only to make the party’s presence felt in the district’s political arena.

While Mr. Kavatagimath and Mr. Patil are Lingayats, Mr. Veerkumar belongs to the Jain community and is a seasoned politician. He was an MLA from 1984 to 1989 and is now an MLC for the second consecutive time. If he is elected in the December 18 polls, he will register a hat-trick.

Mr. Kavatagimath, a shrewd and diplomatic young politician and a strong follower of KLE Society chairman Prabhakar B. Kore, MP, seems to be playing his cards well to upset the calculations of his political foes in the district.

His nomination has angered many loyalists in the BJP who maintain that Mr. Kavatagimath is a defector who followed Mr. Kore when the latter quit the Congress soon after the last general elections and joined the BJP to enter the Rajya Sabha.

There are three other candidates in the fray, including JD(S) rebel S.S. Kivadasannavar, Kadam Uttam and Mohan H. Gadivaddar.

Eight in fray

Dharwad Staff Correspondent reports:

Public campaigning, which intensified in the past two days, concluded on Wednesday eveningOn Wednesday, almost all political leaders belonging to the major political parties — the BJP, the Congress and the JD (S) — were busy canvassing on behalf of their party candidates, addressing meetings and appealing for votes.

Members of the JD (United), which does not have much presence in the three districts of Haveri, Gadag and Dharwad, were also seen actively involved in canvassing.

Eight candidates, including five from the major political parties, are in the fray in the Dharwad local authorities constituency, which has voters in the districts of Haveri, Gadag and Dharwad.

All the candidates except independent candidate Paramesh Kale, who has decided to support the Congress, were busy making last-minute efforts to woo voters.

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