Staff Correspondent

71,000 voters in Karnataka West Graduates’ Constituency

100 polling booths set up in Haveri, Gadag, Dharwad and Uttara Kannada districts

H.K. Patil is Congress candidate; BJP has fielded Mohan Limbikai

DHARWAD: The district administrations of Haveri, Gadag, Dharwad and Uttara Kannada have made all arrangements for polling in the Karnataka West Graduates’ Constituency of the Legislative Council on Thursday.

There was brisk activity in the mustering centres in the four districts since Wednesday morning and by afternoon election officials had left for their respective polling booths along with ballot boxes and other poll materials.

There are over 71,000 graduate voters in the constituency.

The former leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council H.K. Patil, who has won four times in a row from the constituency, is the Congress candidate.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Mohan Limbikai, an advocate, to challenge the candidature of Mr. Patil.

Campaigning had intensified in the constituency in the last three-days.

Several Minister and former Ministers had canvassed for the official candidate of their party.

Although there are nine candidates in the fray, the contest is mainly between Mr. Patil and Mr. Limbikai.

As many as 100 polling booths have been set up in the four districts. Dharwad district has 35 polling booths, the highest in the constituency, followed by Haveri district (23), Gadag (22) and Uttar Kannada (20).

Regional Commissioner of Belgaum Amita Prasad, who is also the Election Returning Officer, has held preparatory meetings for the smooth conduct of the elections.

Counting of votes will be taken up in Dharwad on Saturday.