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K'taka polls: Some prominent faces skip election campaign

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

As top leaders of the and the BJP battled it out for the polls, some prominent faces were missing from the high-voltage campaigns to the run up to the election.

Polling in the southern state took place yesterday and the results will be declared on Tuesday. Seventy per cent voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes election.

did not participate in the campaign perhaps due to health reasons, BJP sources said.

On the other hand, the party did not invite and MP and to bat for it in the state, said a BJP functionary.

"We only did not invite and Sinha. Their presence was not very much required here," he said.

From the Congress, the party's and did not participate in the election campaign.

"We invited her repeatedly, but she did not turn up. We have no idea what prevented her from campaigning actively," a party functionary said.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy and leaders and featured in the party's list of star campaigners, but they, too, did not show up.

sources said Kejriwal, Sisodia and Marlena were occupied with the issue pertaining to the removal of the of ministers by the Centre.

The party had no information why Panag did not take part in the election campaign, they said.

"We tried our best to bring them. We were told that they were held up with the issue relating to the dismissal of (to the education minister)," sources said.

The Centre had last month cancelled the appointments of nine to Delhi Ministers, saying these posts were 'not sanctioned.'

"It is also a fact that if Kejriwal had come, he would have addressed a public meeting," an functionary said.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 13:35 IST