Staff Correspondent

  • The JD (S) will hold a public rally at Ursu Boarding Grounds
  • Congress' rally will be at Open Air theatre in Manasagangotri

    MYSORE: Candidates of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) will file their respective nominations for the December 4 byelection from the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency on Friday, the last date for filing nominations.

    According to sources in the Congress, former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be taken out in a procession from Mysore Palace to Agricultural Marketing Institute on Hunsur Road, where he will file his nomination papers as the party's candidate.

    A host of Congress leaders, including Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting M.H. Ambareesh will also be present on the occasion. Later, a rally will be held at the Open Air Theatre in Manasagangotri in Mysore, where Mr. Ambareesh will be felicitated.

    Though PWD contractor and Mysore Taluk Veerashaiva Mahasabha president Shivabasappa is likely to be named the official candidate of the Janata Dal (Secular), the party has withheld its formal announcement till Friday. Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda is scheduled to arrive in Mysore on Friday and formal announce the JD (S) candidate for the crucial bypoll. The party candidate is expected to file his nomination around noon on Friday.

    Soon after filing the nomination papers, the JD (S) will hold a public rally at Ursu Boarding Grounds, where Mr. Gowda, Mr. Kumaraswamy and Rajya Sabha MP M. Rajashekar Murthy will address the gathering. The BSP candidate is also expected to file his nomination papers on Friday.

    On Wednesday, three persons filed the nomination papers as independent candidates, taking the total number of candidates in the fray to six so far.

    P.N. Srinath, Bogadi Nagaraj and D.N. Venkatesh Gowda filed their nominations on Thursday. Earlier, Mr. Nagaraj and Mr. Karigowda and Samajwadi Party's B. Karunakar filed their nomination papers.