Ticket aspirants of various parties in the district are doing all they can to secure the ticket for the Assembly elections. Many of them are camping either in Bangalore or Delhi to bolster their case.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have decided to renominate most of the MLAs.

Last time, the Bharatiya Janata Party won five of the eight Assembly seats in the district, and the Congress the rest.

Nagathan is the only constituency where the Bharatiya Janata Party is looking for a new candidate, as Vithal Katakadonda, MLA for this segment, has joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha.

According to sources, the party is considering either Ramesh Jigajinagi, MP, or Kannada and Culture Minister Govind M. Karjol, or one of their relatives from Nagathan.

The former MLA Raju Sunagar, and Suresh Gonasagi, Kanta Nayak and Milind Chanchalkar are lobbying for the Congress ticket.

Guessing game

The Bijapur city MLA Appu Pattanshetty of the Bharatiya Janata Party is keeping everyone guessing about his next political move. There is speculation that he may join the KJP.

The Janata Dal (Secular) is fielding its State general secretary Basanagouda Patil Yatnal from Bijapur city.

The Congress is yet to take a call on its candidate, but it is believed that a Muslim will get the ticket. L.L. Ustad, contractor Tapal Engineer and vegetable supplier M.M. Bagwan have emerged as strong contenders.

The BJP is looking for a new candidate for Muddebihal taluk, which is represented in the Assembly by C.S. Nadagouda of the Congress. The party’s candidate last time, Mangaladevi Biradar, has crossed over to the KJP. The Jannata Dal (S) may offer the ticket to Somanagouda Patil, son of the former Minister B.S. Patil Sasanur.

The final list of candidates is expected to be announced within a week by almost all the political parties.

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