The Congress started its nomination process to select candidates for its primaries in the North Bangalore Lok Sabha segment on Friday. As many as eight candidates entered the fray. But only four nominations have been accepted, one is pending and three have been rejected.
The process started with Narendra Babu N L, former MLA from Mahalaxmi Layout filing his nomination. “I have been a corporator as well as the MLA from the North Bangalore area. I will continue to work in the interest of people,” he told the media before filing his nomination.
It was followed by Aarthi Krishna filing her nomination. But her nomination is still pending acceptance.
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Professor from IIM Bangalore M V Rajeev Gowda also arrived early to file his nomination. “I have taken up a lot of civic issues in the city and also worked with the citizens. The process of primaries introduced by Rahul Gandhi is a positive step,” he said.
Other contenders whose nominations are accepted are G C Chandrashekhar, a secretary to the state Congress president, and C Narayana Swamy, a former MP.
The candidates whose nominations have been rejected are K C Ramamurthy and Kengal Shreepada Renu – on the grounds that they did not fulfill the criteria. Also, Neeha Shankara Gouda Patil’s candidature was rejected on the grounds that the candidate did not have any proposer.
The candidate the Congress leadership in the state is keen on fielding, agriculture minister Krishna Byre Gowda, did not file his nominations on Friday. The final decision on the candidates will be taken by the Congress CEC.