On Monday, Congress has named its Karnataka Minister Krishna Byre Gowda as the candidate to contest from high-profile Bangalore North Lok Sabha Constituency on April 18.

Congress said in a statement from New Delhi, quoting the panel’s in-charge and General Secretary Mukul Wasnik that, “the central election committee has approved the candidature of Krishna Byre Gowda as Congress candidate for the ensuing general election to the Lok Sabha from Bangalore North parliamentary constituency in Karnataka.”

The 45-year-old Krishna Byre Gowda is the Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister in JD(S)-Congress Coalition government since May 2018.

Mr. Gowda is a legislator in the State Assembly from Byatarayanapura segment in Bangalore’s northwest area.

He will take on Union Minister and sitting Lok Sabha member D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who has won the prestigious seat in last year’s General Elections.

Congress has named Mr. Gowda to contest from Bangalore (North), a day after Janata Dal (Secular) has surrendered its absence of a winning candidate.

As a part of seat-sharing arrangement between the two parties, Congress will contest from 22 Lok Sabha seats, instead of 20, and JD-S in 7-seats, instead of 8 Lok Sabha seats.

Congress state unit in-charge and General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said that his party was thankful to JD-S Chief H.D. Deve Gowda and the party for the wave to give up the Bangalore (North) seat in favor of the party.

Mr. Venugopal tweeted: “Together let us all reclaim democracy.”

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