Bengaluru, April 21: Paving way for high voltage battle in Kanakapura constituency between BJP and Congress candidate, the Election Commission accepted the nomination papers filed by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar on April 21.
BJP has fielded former deputy chief minister R Ashok against DK Shivakumar giving rise to a high voltage fight between Congress and BJP.
The acceptance by the Election Commission drew the curtains on an episode that saw Shivakumar’s brother also file his nomination papers for the Kanakapura constituency as “precautionary measure.”
Earlier in the day, Shivakumar held a press conference to allege a conspiracy by the BJP to keep him away from politics by misusing officials. A day after his brother and Lok Sabha MP of Bengaluru Rural, DK Suresh filed his nomination papers from the Kanakapura constituency on April 20, Shivakumar said it was a ‘precautionary measure’ taken to ensure one of them would be able to contest as he suspected attempts were being made to ensure he did not contest.
Shivakumar, who is the sitting MLA of the Kanakapura constituency, had filed his nomination papers a couple of days earlier. He will be facing BJP Minister R Ashoka, who is contesting from his own constituency Padmanabhanagar, as well as Kanakapura, considered to be the bastion of the brothers, Shivakumar and Suresh.
Addressing the media on Friday, Shivakumar said that there was a concentrated effort from the BJP to keep him away from politics. “They are misusing officers. Since we received information on this, we wanted Suresh to file his nomination papers from Kanakapura,” he said.
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