Two wealthy businessmen are among seven candidates in the fray for seven vacancies in the Karnataka legislative council.
The opposition Janata Dal (Secular) has fielded a jeweller, Sharavana, as one of its two candidates while the BJP and JDS have come together to push through the candidacy of wealthy real estate baron D U Mallikarjun as an independent to the legislative council.
The entry of the wealthy businessmen into the fray for the council polls scheduled on June 19 comes close on the heels of senior BJP leader and former legislative council chairman D H Shankarmurthy stating at a public gathering that council seats are going at a price of Rs 12 crore.
The last of the nominations for the polls to fill seven vacancies in the Karnataka Legislative Council were filed on Monday.
Congress state president G Parameshwar, chief minister Siddaramaiah’s close associate H M Revanna, party functionary N S Boseraju and woman OBC leader S Jayamma filed their nominations from the Congress.
Former party president K S Eshwarappa was nominated by the BJP while the JDS nominated wealthy jeweller Sharavana as its official candidate.
The Congress with its 121 seats in the legislative assembly is in a position to win four of the seven seats (25 votes needed to clinch a seat) while the BJP and JDS can win one guaranteed seat each apart from co-operating with each other for a third.