Assembly bypolls: BJP finalises candidates; Congress begins talks
Soon after the completion of polling for the Lok Sabha elections, political parties in the State are focussing on the byelection to the Legislative Assembly from Kundagol and Chincholi scheduled for May 19.
While the BJP core committee on Thursday finalised the names of two candidates and recommended them to its central election committee for approval, Congress leaders held a meeting to discuss about probable candidates.
The byelection to Chincholi segment in Kalaburagi district has been necessitated owing to the resignation of Umesh Jadhav from his Assembly membership. He quit the Congress and contested the Lok Sabha election from Kalaburagi on a BJP ticket. The byelection to Kundagol segment in Dharwad district has been necessitated owing to the death of Minister C.S. Shivalli.
The former Minister Baburao Chavan, who recently quit the BJP and joined the Congress, and the former zilla panchayat member Subhash Rathod are the major aspirants for the Congress ticket for Chincholi.
The party is expected to field Kusuma Shivalli, wife of the late Minister, in Kundagol.