"BJP's 2nd List Of Candidates Likely On April 11", Says BS Yeddyurappa

11 April, 2018, 17:04 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • K'taka polls: BJP releases 1st list of 72 candidates, only 2 women

The BJP on Sunday announced the first list of 72 candidates who will contest the high stakes Karnataka assembly polls.

The list, finalised by the BJP top braass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Sha, was announced by the Central Election Committee.

Yeddyurappa is the chief ministerial candidate for the BJP as the party is targeting to win 150 out of the total 224 assembly seats in the Karnataka elections.

The elections to the 225-seat assembly are scheduled for May 12. After the steering committee meeting, Siddaramaiah left for Bengaluru and is likely to visit the national capital again on Friday to finalise the list. Though his party performed poorly in the 2013 Assembly polls, it managed to wean away a substantial chunk of the BJP votes, leading to a rout of the saffron party.

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Sources said that Siddaramaiah is keen to contest from Chamundeshwari, but many in the party want him also to fight from the safe seat of Badami in North Karnataka.

However, a final decision in this regard would be taken by the Central Election Committee of the party, which is expected to meet either on Wednesday or Thursday. Shah continued consulting his key aides to pick the right candidates after the first list of 72 candidates was put out late on Saturday night.

However, as the candidate selection process is already mired in controversy as a large number of sitting MLAs from Karnataka have reportedly sought tickets for their family members. The BJP has also fielded its Lok Sabha MP B Sriramulu in the polls.



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