Karnataka Election 2018: BJP publishes its second list

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

The Congress had on Sunday released its list of 218 candidates.

The party is yet to name candidates for Shantinagar segment in Bengaluru Central, Kittar, Nagthan, Sindgi, Raichur and Melukote.

Leaders have also cited that "outsiders", who are supporters of CM Siddharamaiah, have been given tickets against loyalists who have been with the party for years.

The BJP on April 8 had declared its first list of 72 nominees that included its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, and senior leaders K S Eshwarappa and Jagadish Shettar.

Karnataka is one of the few Indian states which is being ruled by the Congres.

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Karnataka will go into polls on May 12 while the counting of votes will be held on May 15, the state is beefed up with security forces in the backdrop of elections with election commission keeping a stern watch on all the activities in the state.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular) has already announced candidates for 126 constituencies. Supporters of fivetime MLA D B Inamdar were also up in arms with the party holding the candidate's name for Kittur; the high command is reportedly toying with the idea of fielding his relative, . This is lesser when compared to 2013, when the party gave 19 seats.

Congress workers in Bagalkot district express displeasure with the KPCC for announcing ticket to tainted former minister HY Meti.

It was speculated that Siddaramaiah might contest from Badami in Bagalkot district but the party fielded Devraj Patil from the seat. As reported earlier, multiple internal surveys by the party favour Haris to win this time too. They burned tyres and shouted slogans against party President Rahul Gandhi on a highway near Nelamangala. These leaders are reported to have cited S.M. Krishna's case (contested from Maddur in 1999 and Chamarajpet in 2004) while arguing that contesting from two Constituencies by the Chief Minister would send out a wrong message to the electorate.

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