The Congress on Saturday released a list of six candidates for the upcoming by-elections to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka. The names in the list are: Gajanan Balachandra Mangasuli from Athani, Bharamgouda Alagouda Kage from Kagwad, Lakhan Jarkiholi from Gokak, Venkatrao Ghorpade from Vijayanagar, Rizwan Arshad from Shivajinagar, and KB Chandrashekar from Krishnarajpet.
The list has been released after the BJP nominated 13 Congress and JDS MLAs, who were disqualified ahead of a trust vote, as its candidates for the assembly bypolls in Karnataka.
Wasnik in a release said, "Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi has approved the proposal for the candidature of six candidates for the ensuing bypolls in Karnataka on December 5."
The Supreme Court on Wednesday had upheld the disqualification of the 17 MLAs in Karnataka by then Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, but paved the way for them to contest the bypolls.
The then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had resigned after losing trust vote, which paved way for BJP-led government in the state under B S Yediyurappa.
The BJP is yet to announce its candidates for the remaining two assembly seats where bypolls will be held in December.
Fifteen out of the 17 constituencies represented by these MLAs will be going for bypolls, while by-elections to Maski and RR Nagar constituencies have been withheld as separate cases with regard to them, are pending before the high court.