BJP Releases Second List Of Candidates For Karnataka Assembly Elections

Among the names were party's chief ministerial face BS Yeddyurappa from Shikaripura, KS Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, Jagadish Shettar from Hubli-Dharwad Central, Basavaraj Bommai from Shiggaon, CM Udasi from Hangal, KV Hegde from Sirsi and B Sriramulu from Molakalmuru (reserved).

Congress party on Sunday April 15, also announced first list of candidates for 218 seats wherein sitting MLA of Bhatkal Mankal Vaidya was declared Congress candidate from Bhatkal-Honnavar constituency.

In addition, candidates for Sindgi, Nagthan, Melukote, Kittur, Raichur and Shantinagar assembly seats have not been decided yet.

It is not that the Congress or the JD (S) have no tainted candidates, but it is quite clear that despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the Congress government of Siddaramaiah of being a "10 per cent commission" government, the party seems to have no other choice but to back all those politicians who are facing cases in the hope of achieving its target of toppling Siddaramaiah's government. "There was a vacuum in seven constituencies where the party had lost in 2013". Chamundershwari was won by the Janata Dal (Secular) in the previous election.

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A video recorded by news agency ANI, showed alleged Congress workers go on a rampage, flinging and breaking furniture, throwing papers and pulling out posters in the party office.

Former BBMP Commissioner Siddhaiah has been fielded from Sakaleshpur (SC) and former IAS officer Syed Zammer Pasha is the party nominee from Kolar.

From Honnali, the BJP gave the ticket to former excise minister MP Renukacharya. CM Siddaramaiah is set to contest from Chamundeshwari putting an end to the two-seat theory. It is also said that senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Dr. M. Veerappa Moily and K. Rahman Khan opposed Siddharamaiah's intention to contest from Badami in Bagalkot.

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy will contest the polls from BTM Layout and his daughter Soumya R from the Jayanagara Assembly constituency (Bengaluru).

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