Filing of nomination for May 12 Assembly Election In Karnataka begins tomorrow

Narendra Modi

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took a jibe at former Chief Minister and JD (S) state president H D Kumaraswamy by saying that votes are not in Kumaraswamy's pocket to decide who will win in the election.

The BJP, which is on a mission to win 150 seats in the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, on Monday released its second list of 82 candidates.

Yeddyurappa had floated his own party, Karnataka Janata Paksha, in the last elections after he was removed as chief minister by the BJP over graft charges.

All the seven JD (S) rebel candidates who had joined the Congress ahead of the polls have made it to in the list.

Somashekhar is a former MLA from the region who lost the 2013 polls to the Congress's Anil Lad, a mining magnate.

The BJP's second list, released Monday, is devoid of surprises, featuring nearly the same set of leaders who took it to power for the first time in a southern state, back in 2008. In 2013, the party had given tickets to 19 Muslim candidates.

"The third list of 70 candidates will be released in 2-3 days as their winning prospects are being evaluated", Bharatiya Janata Party state Spokesman S. Shantaram told IANS in Bengaluru. In addition, candidates for Sindgi, Nagthan, Melukote, Kittur, Raichur and Shantinagar Assembly seats have not been decided yet.

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.

Other than the support to Darshan, the Congress has named at least six family members of existing or late political leaders that include Yathindra Siddaramaiah, the 38-year-old son of the Karnataka CM.

In Kalaburagi Rural (SC) constituency, Vijaykumar, son of Mr. Ramakrishna, has been given ticket. Mallikarjun Kharge's son Priyank Kharge will contest from Chitapur and Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy's will contest from BTM Assembly constituency and his daughter Soumya Reddy will make her political debut by contesting from Jayanagar Assembly constituency.

The BJP today launched a sharp attack on the Congress after a court acquitted right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, claiming that the opposition party's "appeasement politics" of "defaming" Hindus has been exposed.

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