Karnataka polls: 90% of sitting Congress MLAs get tickets

Michele Moreno
April 16, 2018

Mumbai: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Sunday released the first list of 218 candidates who have been finalized by the party high command to contest the Karnataka Assembly elections scheduled to be held in the coming month. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will contest from Chamundeshwari seat in the election.

Siddaramaiah's son Dr Yatheendra is set to contest from the Varuna constituency.

This has prompted BJP chief Amit Shah to ask state and central leaders to campaign intensively in Karnataka, where elections are due in May, and increased the likelihood of a Gujarat-like all-out canvassing by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the southern state, the BJP sources said.

During prolonged discussions, Mr Siddaramiah however reportedly strongly asserted that he should be given a free hand to pick candidates of his choice rather than accept ones imposed on him from all quarters. Since the seat is reserved for ladies, Qamarul Islam's wife K Fatima has been fielded by the Congress from Gulbarga Uttar.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, a senior leader disclosed that the tussle was reduced from 25 contentious seats till Friday evening to 10-12 seats by Saturday evening. Party sources also said there was discontent among minority leaders also as the party leadership was considering a change of candidates in some constituencies where the Muslim electorate has a huge presence. Elections will be held on May 12 and the counting of votes in all 224 constituencies will be held on May 15.

The opposition BJP released its first list of 72 candidates on April 8, while Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) named 126 nominees on March 27. The party is in power with 122 seats against the BJP's 43. A second seat - Badami in north Karnataka - where Siddaramaiah was expected to contest has been given to Devaraj Patil.

Some of the leaders raised many objections over the grant of party tickets to recently joined BJP and JD (S) rebel legislators, besides some Independents, the source said.

Other reports by Insurance News

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