Candidates to file papers today

BIJAPUR NOV. 13. Candidates from major political parties are likely to file nomination papers on Friday for the December 1 Legislative Council elections.

The MLC, B.G. Patil of the JD(S), who has been re-nominated by the party, will file his papers on Friday. For the first time, the BJP will field its candidate from Bijapur. It has decided to field Basavaraj Siddalingappanavar, president of the Bagalkot district unit of Bajrang Dal. He hails from the Kuruba community. The Congress and the All-India Progressive Janata Dal (AIPJD) are also likely to field their candidates. The AIPJD leaders held a meeting here today and decided to announce the party candidate on Friday. The president of the Bijapur unit of AIPJD, Panchappa Kalburgi, who has filed his papers, said that he had done so in his personal capacity. However, he would abide by the decision of the party, he added.

The former MLA and president of the Badami unit of AIPJD, M.S. Pattanashetti, and the president of the Mudhol unit of AIPJD, R.T. Patil, claimed that the party was stronger than the Congress in their taluks.