BJP releases 82 more names for Karnataka Assembly polls

Arun Chaturvedi

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Congress's state vice-president K E Radhakrishna told India Today that the cell will soon meet ticket aspirants whose names did not figure in the list of 218 candidates.

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.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is back in Bengaluru after four-day-long deliberations over candidate selection at Delhi said, "Winnability is the criterion for the selection, while feedback from party workers and district in-charge secretaries too has played a role".

Numerous 154 candidates declared in the first two lists were ministers & MLAs when BJP won Karnataka in 2008, but also face criminal & corruption charges. The party will announce candidates for five seats later and will support an ally in one seat.

Kalappa, who had recently been appointed as the media coordinator for Congress in Karnataka, wrote a dramatic post on Facebook, alleging that this was not the first time the party had denied him a ticket.

In the upcoming Assembly elections, Siddaramaiah will be contesting from Chamundeshwari constituency, a JD (S) stronghold, which he last represented after winning a tough battle against M. Shivabasappa of JD (S) in the 2006 bypolls. Supporters of five-time MLA DB Inamdar were angry because the party has not announced its candidate from the Kittur constituency.

Patra also noted that the Congress was in power for seven years after the blasts and asked what it had done during the period. "They can't compete with us in election, so they are using these tricks", he said.

The Congress on Sunday said not a single section of society is happy with the Modi government and that the actions of the BJP-led government have put the country and its Constitution in danger.

Accordingly, while it may not have been a win-win situation for him, overall chief minister Siddaramiah would have much to be relieved about, considering that he even got a ticket for Ashok Kheny from the Karnataka Makkala Paksha for Bidar South.

JD (S) top brass has vowed to defeat Siddaramaiah in the election.

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