In case there are problems with the paperwork submitted by his brother and the head of the party's state unit, DK Shivakumar, Congress politician and DK Suresh filed his candidature from the Kanakapura assembly seat on Thursday, according to sources acquainted with the situation.
The official candidate from Kanakapura, where DK Shivakumar, 60, was elected in the last three state elections in 2008, 2013, and 2018, is DK Shivakumar.
The lone Congress member from Karnataka in the Lok Sabha is DK Suresh, 57. He is the representative for Bangalore Rural. One of the eight assembly segments that make up the Bangalore Rural seat is Kanakapura.
To compete against DK Shivakumar, the governing BJP has sent out a senior minister and its well-known Vokkaliga player, R Ashoka from Kanakapura.
Political parties often run a backup candidate who drops out of the election once the returning officer has officially approved the primary contender's paperwork.
According to ANI, Shivakumar said that the nomination of DK Suresh was submitted as a preventative step.
As retaliation for fielding Ashoka from Kanakapura, it was rumoured that the Congress will nominate DK Suresh for the Padmanabhanagar sector, the other assembly seat where Ashoka is running.
Prior to the election, rumours circulated that the Congress could run DK Suresh from Ramanagara against JD(S) politician and son of former CM H D Kumaraswamy, Nikhil Kumaraswamy. However, Suresh had denied this notion, claiming he had no interest in entering state politics.
DK Shivakumar lists 19 criminal complaints against him in his affidavit, 10 of which are related to organising rallies against the government. There are two money laundering cases and four additional tax evasion charges. Additionally, he is the subject of a bribery prosecution. In connection with suspected disproportionate assets, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Lokayukta filed two further complaints.