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Too many aspirants for ticket put political parties in a fix

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A candidate arriving in a procession to file nomination papers in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale
A candidate arriving in a procession to file nomination papers in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale

Major political parties, having too many aspirants for the party ticket, have decided to favour discretion regarding the selection of candidates for the election to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, fearing that disappointed leaders may end up switching parties.

Although the number of candidates filing nomination papers in various wards of the municipal corporation crossed thirty on Thursday, none of the major political parties have come up an official list.

With only two days left for the filing of nomination papers, major political parties were busy on Thursday finalising the candidates’ list for the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation. While all three political parties represented in the municipal council have decided to give preference to existing councillors, the decision itself is likely to lead to disappoint other candidates.

They have yet to decide on whether to give the party ticket to those who had contested unsuccessfully in the previous council elections.

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On Thursday, senior Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (Secular) party functionaries held private meetings at clubs and hotels to decide on the same. Meanwhile, although the ruling BJP party seems to have finalised its list, the party seems reluctant to release it, fearing that disappointed leaders will be wooed by other parties, the Karnataka Janata Paksha in particular.

As other parties seem to share that view, the parties will likely release official lists of candidates on Friday and Saturday, the last date of filing nominations.

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