As many as 33,195 nominations have been filed for the March 7 elections to over 4,800 wards of the 208 Urban Local Bodies on Saturday.
According to official sources, most nominations were filed by independents (10,599), followed by Congress (6,956), from the BJP (5,716) and JD(S) (5,046).
With 2,573 nominations, Belgaum tops the list of nominations in the state, for elections to 392 wards. Of these, 1,636 were filed by Independents, 263 by Congress candidates, 499 by BJP and 117 from JD(S). Tumkur received 1,880 nominations, Mysore got 1,733, Dharwad 1,224, Chikmagalur 1,160, Kodagu 240 and Udupi the least number of nominations of just 127.
A flurry of activity is being witnessed among all the political parties in view of the Assembly elections due in May. The elections are being held on the basis of 2001 census data that provides 33 per cent reservations to SC/ST, Women and OBCs.
Both Houses of the Karnataka legislature had passed a unanimous resolution appealing to the State Election Commission to announce elections on the basis of the 2011 census data, which was declined by the authorities.