Bommai, Union Ministers Joshi and Khuba file nominations

PTI, Apr 15, 2024, 5:24 PM IST

Bengaluru: Former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, BJP leader Pralhad Joshi and actor Shivarajkumar’s wife Geetha Shivarajkumar were among the prominent persons who filed their nominations on Monday for the May 7 Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka.

Bommai filed his papers as the BJP candidate from Haveri and was accompanied by former Minister B C Patil and other party leaders.

He earlier paid respects to his parents’ memorial. Bommai is the son of veteran Janata Party leader and former Chief Minister late S R Bommai.

Bommai’s opponent from Congress, Anandswamy Gaddadevarmath, too filed his papers on Monday.

Joshi who is the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, formally entered the fray from Dharwad. Veteran party leader B S Yediyurappa and former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar were among the leaders who were with him.

Prior to filing his nomination, Joshi held a road show accompanied by the leaders.

Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers and New and Renewable Energy Bhagwanth Khuba filed his nomination papers from Bidar.

Geetha Shivarajkumar, who is also the daughter of former Chief Minister late S Bangarappa and daughter-in-law of Kannada thespian late Rajkumar filed her nomination as Congress candidate from Shimoga.

She was accompanied by Shivarajkumar, her brother and state’s School Education Minister Madhu Bangarappa, and several party leaders.

They also held a road show, in which Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress President D K Shivakumar participated.

Mrinal Hebbalkar, son of Lakshmi Hebbalkar, Minister of Women and Child Development in the state, also filed his nomination as the Congress candidate from the Belgaum Lok Sabha segment. He too was accompanied by Shivakumar and party leader Laxman Savadi among others. His road show earlier in the day featured his mother, senior minister Satish Jarkiholi and other leaders.

Among other candidates who filed their papers were BJP MP Annasaheb Shankar Jolle, who is seeking re-election from Chikkodi and the party’s MP G M Siddeshwara’s wife Gayathri Siddeshwara from Davangere.

As many as 14 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats will be going to polls in the second phase for which April 19 is the last day for filing nominations. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 20 and April 22 is the last day for withdrawal of papers.

In the first phase, 14 Lok Sabha constituencies are going to polls on April 26.

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