Poll fever begins as 8 file nominations in DK

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Mangalore:Eight nominations were filed by seven candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday. In Udupi district, none have filed their nominations.

Those who filed the nominations in DK are CPM candidate Vasanth Achary (Mangalore South constituency), CPM candidate Krishnappa Salian (two nominations, Mangalore constituency), independent candidate T Ismail (Mangalore) independent candidates Abdul Majid Khan (Bantwal), Akbar Ali (Bantwal), SDPI candidates Aboobakkar Siddiq (Puttur), and Ibrahim as dummy candidate (Puttur). No nominations were filed in Mangalore North, Sullia, Belthangady and Moodbidri constituency.

The CPM had taken out a procession from its office to MCC before filing  nominations to Mangalore South constituency. CPM leaders B Madhava, Sunil Kumar Bajal, Krishnappa Konchadi, Muneer Katipalla and Dayanand had taken part in the procession.

Candidate Vasanth Achary said that the CPM will start visiting the houses to campaign from April 14. The party has already started campaiging. Yogish Bhat who had won from the constituency four times in the past had failed to take up development work in the constituency, he alleged.

SDPI to contest from 7 constituencies

Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) will field its candidates to contest from seven Assembly constituencies in Dakshina Kannada district. The decision of fielding candidate to contest from Belthnagday will be decided by the BSP and the SDPI shortly.

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, SDPI General Secretary Akbar Ali said the candidates are Dalit leader Koosappa (Sullia), Advocate Abdul Majeed Khan (Bantwal), Akram Hasan (Mangalore), Abdul Jaleel K (Mangalore South), Aboobakar Kulai (Mangalore North), Ismail Engineer (Moodbidri) and Aboobakkar Siddique (Puttur).

The State Election Commission has given the symbol of autorickshaw to the party. As the SDPI has entered into an alliance with the BSP, the decision on fielding the candidate to Belthangady will be decided shortly.

Candidate Akram Hasan said that as per the alliance, the BSP will be fielding its candidates in 199 constituencies of the State and SDPI will be fielding in 25 constituencies. The SDPI will field its candidates in DK, Mysore, Bangalore and Gulbarga districts. BSP supremo Mayavathi will campaign in Mysore, Bangalore and Gulbarga.

Stating that the SDPI has been striving for freedom from hunger, he said that the ideologies of BSP and the SDPI are same and believe in equal opportunities for all irrespective of caste, creed and religion. The SDPI has won six seats in corporation, five in CMC, four in TMC and one in town panchayat in the last ULB polls in Karnataka.

Book under IPC 188

Deputy Commissioner Harsh Guptha has said that sector magistrates will be dischraging their duty as flying squads in the district. If anyone is found violating the rules, then action will be initiated under IPC Section 188.

Chairing a meeting of the sector magistrates and returning officers, he said the candidates must obtain permission for using the vehicles and supplying food from the hotels and catering. Prior permission for installing shamiyana is also necessary, he added. City Police Commissioner Maneesh Karbikar said that static check posts have been set up. If there was any suspicious movement, then the authorities will videograph the movements.

Expenditure observers

Expenditure observers have already arrived in the district. Accordingly, Vineesh Chowdary will be in-charge of Belthangady, Puttur and Sullia constituencies. He can be contacted at vinish.chaudhary@gmail.com or 9483506411. R K Agarval will be in-charge of Bantwal and Mangalore, can be contacted at agrawalRK@cag.gov.in. Mohammed Shamshad Alam for Mangalore North and Mangalore South, can be contacted at shamshadirs@gmail.com or 9483506399.

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