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Polls to K'taka urban local bodies today

In what is being seen as a “semi-final” before assembly elections due in May, polls to urban local bodies in BJP-ruled Karnataka will be held tomorrow. About 8.5 million people are eligible to cast their ballot in 208 urban local bodies (excluding Bangalore) — seven city corporations, 43 city municipal corporations, 65 town municipal councils and 93 town panchayats. The polls are sure to be a “litmus test” for the contending political outfits, with assembly polls just around the corner. As many as 433 candidates in Mysore city are among the 21,974 ...