Bengaluru, Apr 9 : As many as 237 candidates have remained in the fray in the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies which goes to poll in the second phase in Karnataka on April 23 after 45 candidates withdrew from the contest.
According to official sources, in the second phase a highest number of 57 candidates are in the fray in Belagvi segment, while Raichur has the lowest contestant at just five. The Constituencies, which goes to poll on April 23 are Belagavi, Koppal, Chikkodi, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Bagalakote, Vijayapura, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara kannada, Davanagere and Shivamogga.
All the sitting Lok Sabha members, including Mallikarjuna Kharge (Kalaburagi), Ramesh Jigajinagi (Vijayapura), Ananthakumara Hegde (Uttarakannaa), Prahlad Joshi (Dharwad) Suresh Angagi (Belagavi) are seeking reelection in which 11 are from the BJP and the remaining 3 from Congress party.
The first phase poll in Karnataka, which is scheduled for April 18, will be held for remaining 14 LS seats. As many as 241 candidates, including 133 independents are in the fray in the first phase. UNI