Staff Correspondent

Contest is mainly between Congress and BJP candidates

H.K. Patil is the Congress candidate

HUBLI: Canvassing has intensified in the Karnataka West Graduates’ Constituency of the Legislative Council where elections will be held on June 26.

Although there are nine candidates in the fray, the contest is mainly between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The candidature of H.K. Patil, former leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, of the Congress is being contested by Mohan Limbikai, former vice-president of the State Bar Council, of the BJP. Mr. Patil has won from the constituency four times in succession.

Ministers such as Basavaraj Bommai, C.M. Udasi, Murugesh Nirani and Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri have canvassed for Mr. Limbikai. Minister for Higher Education Aravind Limbavali sought votes on behalf of Mr. Limbikai in Hubli and Dharwad on Thursday.

On Friday, Prabhakar Kore, who has been newly elected to the Rajya Sabha, addressed graduate voters at various venues in Hubli and Haveri, and sought votes on behalf of Mr. Limbikai.

Although the Chief Minister was scheduled to canvass on behalf of the BJP candidate, his visit to the districts coming under the constituency was cancelled at the last minute. However, Pralhad Joshi, MP, who is the campaign in-charge for the BJP, is touring the districts to mobilise support for Mr. Limbikai.

Meanwhile, Mr. Patil, who failed in his first attempt to enter the Assembly in the recently held elections, is making all-out efforts to represent the constituency for the fifth time in the Council. Mr. Patil and his supporters are carrying out door-to-door campaigning in the constituency.

The former Minister Basavaraj Horatti of the Janata Dal (Secular) and MLC S.M. Anand are also campaigning on his behalf. Mr. Horatti and Mr. Anand visited Ankola, Kumata, Sirsi and Karwar on Friday and sought votes for Mr. Patil. Mr. Patil campaigned in Uttar Kannada district on Saturday.