Karnataka: 3 parties present candidates for the 4th RS seat; JD(S) on back foot | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: The election for the Rajya Sabha’s fourth seat in Karnataka is unlikely to go unopposed with State Congress General Secretary Mansoor Ali Khan in the fray now and with the BJP fielding Lahar Singh Siroya, a former MLC as the third candidate for the fourth seat.
It will dash the hopes of JD(S), which had been hoping to win RS’s fourth seat with the backing of the Saffron Party, which has the most second-preference votes as well as the biggest surplus of first-preference votes among the big three. political parties.
According to party officials, the state unit had recommended four names for the third candidacy for the party’s central leadership, including Siroya, music industry tycoon Lahari Velu, former RS ​​MP KC Ramamurthy and the hotelier Prakash Shetty.
On Monday, Mansoor Ali Khan, son of former Union Minister and former SR Deputy Chairman Rahman Khan, and co-founder of Delhi Public School, Bangalore, along with former minister Jairam Ramesh, submitted their applications. Congress should win at least one seat given its strength in the Assembly, but it presented another candidate, with a clear strategy.
If JD(S) refuses to back Khan, it will send the wrong message to Muslim voters that the party is not as secular as it claims. Ramesh had been a member of the Karnataka Upper House since 2016 and the party reappointed him. KPCC Chairman DK Shivakumar, who accompanied them, defended the party’s last-minute decision to field a second candidate despite the lack of clear figures. “Each party has its strategy. Last time we decided not to present a second candidate as a sign of respect to our former PM HD Deve Gowda. This time we believe we have a chance,” he added.
However, the decision could prove detrimental to candidate JD(S)D Kupendra Reddy, a real estate baron who was hoping to win congressional support for his nomination as the consensus candidate. “I will apply on Tuesday. It doesn’t matter what the other parties decide, but JD(S) doesn’t want its votes wasted,” Reddy said. The Congress fielding the second candidate, JD(S) hoped to solicit support from the BJP. The Congress had taken a strategic move to challenge the secular credentials of the JD(S), thus lending weight to the claim that the regional party is the B-team of the BJP.
The Congress also wanted to use it as a weapon to label it an anti-Muslim party. While a candidate needs 45 votes to win, the BJP, with 122 MPs (including two independents), will have a surplus of 32 votes after winning two seats. The Congress, with 70 votes (including one independent), is certain to win a seat and has 25 excess votes. The J(S), strong of 32 deputies, can ensure the victory of its candidate only with the support of one or the other of its two rival parties. In this case, the final seat for the RS will be decided on the residual votes, after deducting the votes for the two BJP candidates and one Congress candidate to be elected, and the second preference votes from those residual votes. Indeed, RS’s fourth seat will have 90 votes – the combined number of excess votes of MPs from all three parties who will vote.

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