Congress relieved as all ‘rebel’ leaders withdraw from Kundagol byelection fray

Minister B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan speaking to the media in Kundagol on Thursday.

Minister B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan speaking to the media in Kundagol on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Kiran Bakale

There are 25 candidates in all in bypolls to the Assembly from Kundagol, Chincholi

In a relief to Congress leaders, all “rebels” in the fray in the byelection to the Assembly from Kundagol constituency withdrew their nomination papers on Thursday.

The displeasure over the candidature of Kusumavati Shivalli, wife of the former Minister late C.S. Shivalli, had resulted in several aspirants for the Congress ticket filing their nomination papers.

Thin margin victory

Congress rebels Shivanand Bentur, Chandrashekhar Juttal, H.L. Nadaf, Vishwanath Kubihal, Suresh Savanur, and J.D. Ghorpade had filed their nomination papers. And to add to their worries, Hazarat Ali Jodamani, who had contested as the Janata Dal(Secular) candidate in the previous Assembly election, too had filed his nomination paper as an Independent. This was a particular concern for Congress leaders because in the previous election, Shivalli’s margin of victory was just 634 votes.

As a result, Minister B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan and president of the Dharwad Rural District Congress unit president Anil Kumar Patil were forced to pacify the rebels at any cost.

Finally, the rebels relented on being assured of suitable positions in the party, and on Thursday, all of them withdrew their nomination papers. Interestingly, of the 22 candidates in the fray in Kundagol, 14, including Congress and JD(S) aspirants and Independents withdrew their nomination papers on Thursday, reducing the number of candidates in the fray to eight. Meanwhile, the BJP managed to pacify another aspirant M.R. Patil, who had contested on the party ticket in 2013, to withdraw his papers.

10 withdraw in Chincholi

Chincholi Assembly constituency too saw withdrawal of nomination papers by as many as 10 candidates. But even after that there are 17 candidates in the fray, including six from various political parties.

In all, 25 candidates will fight it out in the two Assembly segments.

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