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Six remain in the fray for Rajya Sabha elections

AWAITING THE VERDICT: Rajya Sabha candidates K. Rahman Khan, U.R. Ananthamurthy, Rajiv Chandrashekar and K.B. Shannappa watch as nomination papers come under the scrutiny of Returning Officer S.B. Patil in Bangalore on Saturday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  



Staff Reporter

Nomination papers of four independent candidates held invalid

CandidatesM. Rajasekhara Murthy (JD-S)K.B. Shanappa (BJP)K. Rahman Khan (Congress)Rajiv Chandrashekar (ind.)U.R. Ananthamurthy (ind.)Mallappa Channappa (ind.)

Bangalore: The nomination papers of six of the ten candidates for the four Rajya Sabha seats for which elections will be held on March 28 were found to be in order during the scrutiny of the papers on Saturday.

Returning Officer S.B. Patil declared one of the four sets of nomination papers submitted K. Rahman Khan, Congress candidate and Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, invalid. He had not signed the papers. The three other sets were valid and his nomination was accepted.

Mr. Patil also declared valid two sets of nominations each of the Janata Dal (S) candidate, M. Rajasekhara Murthy and the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, K.B. Shanappa. Four sets of nomination papers of Rajiv Chandrashekar, industrialist, supported by the BJP and the JD(S) and one set of nomination papers each of Jnanpith Award-winner U.R. Ananthamurthy and Mallappa Channappa, industrialist, were also found to be in order.

Rejected

Mr. Patil rejected the nomination papers of the independent candidates Munireddy, Sudhakar, T.D.R. Harishchandra and Shashikumar. While the nomination papers of the first three did not have the signature of any MLA, the fourth had the signatures of only two MLAs instead of the mandatory 10.

A total of 18 sets of nomination papers were filed for the four seats, which, according to the Returning Officer, is a record.

Mr. Patil said that Dr. Ananthamurthy submitted a copy of the electoral roll containing his name and an affidavit with details of his property just before the scrutiny of the nomination papers began at 11 a.m. The Election Manual and the recent circular issued by the Election Commission of India allow a candidate to submit these two documents before scrutiny begins, he said.

Mr. Shanappa and Chidanand, MLC and son-in-law of Mr. Rajasekhara Murthy, filed objections to this and demanded an endorsement for the same. Mr. Shanappa maintained that all documents should be submitted at the time of filing the nomination papers.

The Returning Officer said he would give them the endorsement that they wanted.