Bengaluru: The state BJP is likely to nominate Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi as its candidate for the by-polls for Karnataka Legislative Council. As per sources the state BJP leaders are likely to meet by the end of the week, after which Savadi’s candidature is expected to be formally announced. Savadi, who lost the 2018 Assembly polls from Athani against Congress’s Mahesh Kumathalli (who is now with the BJP), has time till February 20 to join the Upper House to continue in office. The Election Commission had announced bye-election to one seat in the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The election is will be held on February 17 between 9 am and 4 pm and the counting of votes will be held on on the same day at 5 pm. According to the EC, the term of Rizwan Arshad will end on June 14, 2022. However, the seat got vacant as he was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on December 9 last year. The issue of notifications will begin on January 30 and the last date of filing notifications will be on February 6. According to the EC, the scrutiny of nominations will be held on February 7 and the candidates will be allowed to withdraw their candidatures till February 10.
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