The ruling BJP in Karnataka has declared the two names for the June 19 biennial elections to four Rajya Sabha seats namely Eranna Kadadi & Ashok Gasti.
One of the seats was held by Prabhakar Kore.
With each candidate requiring 44 votes to win, the BJP will have 28 surplus votes and support of 2 Independents to contest the third seat, but will require 14 more votes to win it.
As per the official release from Delhi Katti and Kore both have been sidelined and Kadadi and Gasti have been nominated as BJP candidates for the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka.
The term of the 4 members, including 2 from the Congress (B.K. Hariprasad and Rajeev Gowda) and one each from the BJP (Kore) and Janata Dal-Secular (Kupendra Reddy) ending on June 25, the Election Commission on June 1 notified the bypoll in the state on June 19, with the last date for nominations on June 9. Vote count is on June 19.
Kore is a third-term MP and was seeking another term while Ramesh Katti, who had been denied a Lok Sabha ticket in 2019 in favour of Anna Saheb Jolle, was demanding that his sacrifice should be rewarded with a seat in the Council of States. Umesh Katti had raised a banner of revolt demanding a ticket for his younger brother, Ramesh.