In Karnataka, 241 candidates have been left in fray after withdrawal of nominations for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Friday. 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state will to the polls in this phase on April 18. For the next phase of election to be held on April 23 in 14 constituencies, 32 candidates have filed their nominations.

The Electoral office is yet to release the final list of candidates for the April 18 election hence information on rejection or withdrawal of specific

candidate is not known.

The Independent candidate from Mandya, Sumalatha Ambareesh has raised doubts on the validity of the nomination of her main opponent Nikhil Kumaraswamy, the son of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

In the case of Tumkuru, where Deve Gowda is contesting as unanimous candidate of JD(S) and Congress, the sitting MP Muddahanumegowda has withdrawn his candidature to contest as rebel candidate.

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