[Roshan Baig and all the sitting MLAs have been given party tickets from the assembly constituencies they had won in the 2013 assembly elections. (File photo)]
Mumbai: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Sunday released the first list of 218 candidates who have been finalized by the party high command to contest the Karnataka Assembly elections scheduled to be held in the coming month.
The list contains the names of 15 Muslims including R Roshan Baig – a minister in the current government, and sitting MLAs Fairoz Nuruddin Saith, U.T. Abdul Khader, Dr. Rafeeq Ahmed S., Tanveer Sait and B.A.Mohiuddin Bava.
Roshan Baig and all the sitting MLAs have been given party tickets from the assembly constituencies they had won in the 2013 assembly elections. R Roshan Baig has been fielded from Shivajinagar assembly seat, Fairoz N Sait from Belgaum Uttar, U.T. Abdul Khader from Mangalore, Dr Rafeeq Ahmed S. from Tumkur City, Tanveer Sait from Narasimharaja and B.A.Mohiuddin Bava from Mangalore City North.
Gulbarga Uttar is currently represented by Qamarul Islam. Since the seat is reserved for ladies, Qamarul Islam’s wife K Fatima has been fielded by the Congress from Gulbarga Uttar.
The Congress has also given the party ticket Iqbal Ansari – a sitting MLA of Janata Dal (S). Iqbal Ansari will contest the 2018 election from the Gangawati assembly constituency as Congress candidate.
Other Muslims who have been given Congress party ticket include Abdul Hameed Mushrif who will contest from Bijapur City, Rahim Khan from Bidar, Mohammed Ismail Tamatgaf from Hubli Dharwad West, Sayed Azeempeer S. Khadri from Shiggaon, Syed Zameer Pasha from Kolar, Zameer Ahmed Khan from Chamrajpet and H.A.Iqbal Hussain from Ramanagaram.
According to the Congress first list for 2018 Karnataka elections Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will contest from the Chamundeshwari assembly seat, his son Yatheendra will contest from Varuna constituency and Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter Soumya received the Congress ticket from Jayanagar seat.
The BJP has also released its first list of 72 candidadtes. None of them is a Muslim. Likewise, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also not fielded any Muslim candidate in Karnataka. Janata Dal (S) has so far not released the names of its candidates.
Karnataka Assembly has a total of 224 members of them 11 are Muslims including 92 from Janata Dal (S). Congress and Janata Dal (S) had both fielded 18 Muslims in the May 2013 Karnataka state polls. The state is currently being ruled by the Congress which has a total of 113 MLAs in the house of 224. The BJP has 44 Members whereas Janata Dal (S) has 40 MLAs.
According to the 2011 Census report, 84% of the population in Karnataka are Hindu, 12.9% are Muslim, 1.9% are Christian, 0.7% are Jains, 0.2% are Buddhist, some 0.1% are Sikhs, and remaining belong to other religions. Karnataka is also the location of some of tribes like, Nayaka, Soliga, and Yerava.
According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India the single phase election in Karnataka will be held on May 12 and result will be declared on May 15, 2018 whereas the notification for the will be released on April 17. The last date to file nomination is April 24, scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on April 25 and last date to withdraw nomination will be April 27.
A pre-poll survey conducted exactly a month before the election predicted a close contest between the ruling Congress and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The survey conducted by India Today-Karvy said Congress will be able to win a maximum of 101 seats – 12 short of the halfway mark needed to retain power in Karnataka. The survey has given BJP a maximum of 86 seats, Janata Dal (S) a maximum of 43 seats and barely 4-7 seats to other parties.
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