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Congress, BJP field 23 woman candidates each

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Raviprasad Kamila

MANGALORE: The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have fielded 23 women candidates each to the 60 wards in the Mangalore City Corporation. Twenty-one seats are reserved for women. The Congress and the BJP have fielded candidates for 59 of the 60 wards.

There are 14 women among the 39 contestants of Janata Dal (Secular). The Communist Party of India (Marxists) has two women among its five candidates.

Candidates’ education

With just four days to go for the election, only the Congress has announced the educational background of its candidates.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Communist Party of India (Marxists) have failed to declare the educational status of their candidates.

Of the Congress candidates, three are post-graduates, 22 undergraduates, 29 have studied up to pre-university and below, and five are either diploma holders or have completed TCH training.

The candidates who have completed post-graduation are: J. Abdul Saleem (from ward no. 56, Mangaladevi, MSW degree), Denis D’Silva (no. 49, Kankanady, M.Com.), and Prakash B. Salian (no. 30, Kodiyalabail, M.A.). The Congress party has fielded eight candidates from Christian community, 11 Muslims and the remaining are Hindus. The five of its candidates are from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities.

The BJP has issued ticket to three Christians, two Muslims, and 54 Hindus. Five candidates fielded by the CPI (M) are all Hindus. Of the Janata Dal (Secular) candidates, 11 are Muslims, seven Christians, 20 Hindus and one Jain.

In Padavu Central (ward no. 35), former Mayor Vijaya Arun of the Congress is facing former Opposition Leader of the council, Mariyamma Thomas, a rebel candidate of the BJP, who is contesting as independent.

Sumana Sharan is the official candidate of the BJP.

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