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Many controversial candidates in poll fray

K.V. Subramanya

BANGALORE: Several people who had hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the recent past will be contesting the Assembly elections from various constituencies across the State, mainly Bangalore.

At least a dozen with controversial antecedents figure in the list of candidates announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular).

Two leading entrepreneurs, Kupendra Reddy and E. Krishnappa, whose houses in Bangalore were recently raided by officials of the Income Tax Department, are in the poll fray. While the Congress has fielded the realtor, Mr. Kupendra, from Bommanahalli, the Janata Dal (S) has given the ticket to Mr. Krishnappa, producer of the mega-hit Kannada movie “Mungaru Male” to contest from Yelahanka. Another realtor, Gottigere Manjunath, whose house was said to have been raided by IT officials, is likely to be the Janata Dal (S) candidate from Bangalore (South).

The BJP has fielded B.C. Mylarappa, a suspended sociology professor of Bangalore University, from Pulikeshinagar (Reserve) in Bangalore. Mr. Mylarappa was in the eye of a controversy for alleged misappropriation of funds while he was the Director of Correspondence Course, and also for the alleged plagiarism of his Ph.D. thesis. Another BJP candidate, M.P. Renukacharya, who is seeking re-election from Honnali in Davangere district, had made the headlines after B.V. Jayalakshmi, a nurse, attempted suicide following alleged harassment by him. The Janata Dal (S) nominee for the Mahalakshmi Layout constituency, K. Gopalaiah, , is an accused in criminal cases, including the murder of a BJP worker that took place in Kamakshipalya police station limits. Former minister B. Sriramulu of the BJP, who is the party candidate from Bellary (Reserve), is also facing criminal charges.

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