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Maalakaraddy, Patil among the applicants

Aspirants bring a large number of supporters with them

‘Coming elections in the State crucial for

the Congress’

GULBARGA: Congress observer K. Keshav Rao had a tough time in accepting applications from the aspirants for the party ticket for 13 Assembly constituencies in the district on Friday.

A large number of leaders and party workers from across the district assembled at the Khuba Kalyan Mantap in the morning and waited for Mr. Rao to address them and receive applications.

Mr. Rao’s plea that only the candidate and five of his supporters should come near the podium to submit applications went in vain. A large number of supporters surrounded the podium raising slogans in support of their leaders aspiring for the party ticket.

Prominent among those who filed their applications included the former Ministers A.B. Maalakaraddy, Vaijnath Patil, Qamar-ul-Islam and Sharanabasappa Dharshanapur, DCC president Allamprabhu Patil, president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Education Society Basavaraj Bhimalli, the former MLA Kailashnath Patil, Sharanaprakash Patil, Khet and Mazdoor Wing General Secretary of the KPCC Chandrasekhar Hiremath, the former Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council B.R. Patil, Venkatesh Naik, Chennareddy Tunnur, G. Ramakrishna, Shivashekarappa Patil, the former Mayor Chandrasekhar Parameshwar, and Bhimashankar Bilagundi.

Mr. Rao said that the coming election in the State was crucial for the Congress and its outcome would have its impact on the elections in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa and other States.

He appealed to the leaders and workers to work in tandem to ensure the victory of the party.