Karnataka assembly polls: BJP releases second list of 82 candidates

Full-blown revolt: Cong rebels target K'taka CM

Will the Yeddyurappa-led BJP pull off a win in the state under Amit Shah's watchful eye?

It is yet to announce who will take on CM Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari and the CM's son Yathindra in Varuna.

The Congress has not named candidates for six seats - Shantinagar in Bengaluru, Melukote, Kittur in Belagavi, Raichur Urban, Nagathana and Sindhgi in Vijayapura district.

"People of north Karnataka had requested me to contest from Badami".

It is not that the Congress or the JD (S) have no tainted candidates, but it is quite clear that despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the Congress government of Siddaramaiah of being a "10 per cent commission" government, the party seems to have no other choice but to back all those politicians who are facing cases in the hope of achieving its target of toppling Siddaramaiah's government.

Controversial businessman-tuned politician Ashok Kheny, who is also NICE Chairman, also got the seat from Bidar (South), which he now represents, despite stiff opposition from many leaders of that region.

On April 8, the BJP had announced the first list of 72 candidates who will contest the high stakes Karnataka assembly polls.

Karnataka will go to polls for 224-member Assembly on May 12. Targeting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Khan said the former had been a part of various Janata Dal factions and as such, did not have any attachment to (Congress) leaders and cadre.

The Congress has accommodated kin of a few top leaders. The present home minister of the state, R Ramalinga Reddy will contest from BTM Layout, while his daughter Sowmya Reddy will make her political debut from Jayanagar. Kirtana R.G., widow of recently deceased Rudra Gowda, Belur MLA, has also been given ticket.

Twelve incumbent MLAs have been denied ticket by the Congress.

In Kalaburagi Rural (SC) constituency, Vijaykumar, son of Mr. Ramakrishna, has been given ticket. Sunil Naik who was battling it out with JD Naik for the party ticket finally secured the ticket from Bhatkal-Honnavar constituency. Gowda is the State NSUI President.

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. This is lesser when compared to 2013, when the party gave 19 seats. They burned tyres and shouted slogans against party President Rahul Gandhi on a highway near Nelamangala. As reported earlier, multiple internal surveys by the party favour Haris to win this time too.

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