Stage set for first phase of panchayat polls in K`taka

An estimated 1.11 crore electorates will exercise their franchise in the first phase of zilla and taluk panchayat elections being held across 12 districts in Karnataka tomorrow.

Bangalore: An estimated 1.11 crore
electorates will exercise their franchise in the first phase
of zilla and taluk panchayat elections being held across 12
districts in Karnataka tomorrow.

There are 6144 candidates in the fray, including 1549
for zilla panchayats, State Election Commission sources said.

Elections are being held to 375 zilla panchayat and
1728 taluk panchayat seats.

The polls have turned out to be an acid test for the
ruling BJP, which is making all out efforts to win majority of
zilla panchayats to prove its popularity in the wake of
combined onslaught by Opposition Congress and the JDS, which
have hurled a spate of allegations of corruption and land
scams against the Yeddyurappa government.

Yeddyurappa has campaigned in all the districts that
face voting in the first phase as his own personal popularity
and his government`s performance is also at test.

Congress, which has not been able to put up a good
show hitherto in the bye-elections held in the state after BJP
came to power in 2008, has been struggling to revive its
fortunes with the new KPCC President G Parameshwara.

JDS, which released documents on scams in which the
Yeddyurappa government is allegedly involved in, is upbeat
and leaving no stone unturned to prove its strength in the
elections.

Polling will be held in the districts of Bangalore
Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagara, Chitradurga, Kolar,
Shimoga, Chikkaballapur, Tumkur, Bidar, Bellary, Raichur and
Yadgir.

The second phase of election will be held on December
31 and counting would take place on January four.

PTI

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