Bangalore: The ruling BJP on Wednesday finalized the names of six candidates for the June 11 biennial election to the Legislative Council and surprised party men by rewarding nomination to a rebel. B J Puttaswamy, suspended from the party for trying to contest the recent election to the Rajya Sabha was among the six candidates nominated.

Puttaswamy is a staunch loyalist of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and his selection is being seen as a victory for his leader.

"The Election Committee that met this morning unanimously selected six candidates to contest the Council polls. The names would be forwarded to the party high command for approval", state BJP president K S Eswarappa told reporters here.

The party has decided to renominate Vimala Gowda and D S Veerappa for another term. Others who secured nomination are Somanna Bevinamarada, Bhanu Prakash and Raghunath Rao Malkapure. Vimala Gowda is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Upper House.

The Election Committee meeting was attended by Eswarappa, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, Yeddyurappa and national general secretary Anantkumar. BJP which has 120 members in the 225-member assembly can easily send six candidates to the upper house.

The elections are being held to fill up eleven vacancies caused by the retirement of members. The last date for filing nominations is June 1. Congress and JDS are yet to announce their list of candidates.


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