BJP releases 82 more names for Karnataka Assembly polls

Cong strategy in Karnataka: 12 MLAs dropped; party-hoppers, migrants, tainted turn lucky

Both parties seem to have played it safe as they have relied on sitting and former MLAs and not shied away from fielding tainted ones.

The Congress list of 218 candidates out of 224 has Siddaramaiah's fingerprints all over placement of candidates, balancing of social justice and application of the winnability factor in weeding out has-beens. They burned tyres and shouted slogans against party President Rahul Gandhi on a highway near Nelamangala.

In turn, many influential Lingayat mathas (monasteries) have promised to back Siddaramaiah and the Congress.

This election, the BJP has given tickets to only three women on the list.

The Congress returned to power after a decade in 2013, winning 122 seats and Siddaramaiah breaking a 40-year-old record to complete the five-year term as Chief Minister.

The BJP leader said the party state unit had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tour the state and it was likely to happen after April 29.

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He added that the people of the country would never accept the legacy of Congress and teach the party a "proper lesson".

Meanwhile, Mr Yeddyurappa will be filing his nomination papers from his home segment Shikaripur in Shivamogga district on April 19 and he would be accompanied by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Union Minister H N Ananth Kumar.

The Congress has fielded Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's son Yathindra from Varuna constituency, now held by the chief minister who has shifted to Chamundeshwari.

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.

Speculations over Chief Minister Siddaramaiah contesting from two constituencies-Chamundeshwari and Badami-has also been put to rest after the party declared Dr Devaraj Patil as the Badami candidate.

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.

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