Filing of nominations begins for Karnataka Assembly polls

20 April, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Narendra Modi

Fifteen women figure in the first list of Congress candidates in tune with AICC president Rahul Gandhi's assurance that more women would be given ticket this time.

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

However, most political parties have listed winnability as the main criteria in ticket distribution in the assembly election, which is turning out to be one of the most fiercely contested in recent times.

Veeranna Charantimatt will challenge Congress' Hullappa Yamanappa Meti at Bagalkot in Uttar Kannada.

Speaking to ANI, Gowda said, "Congress has a legacy of family members getting tickets".

From Honnali, the BJP gave the ticket to former excise minister MP Renukacharya. Two Christians too figure in the list.

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The party's chief ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah will contest from the Chamundeshwari constituency. There is also no woman candidate among the 82 names. The first list of 218 candidates announced late on Sunday night reveals that Siddaramaiah, by securing tickets to all his "loyalists" from within the party and party-hoppers, is striving to whip up a clear majority.

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.

"Mr Shah will be meeting social thinkers and writers Dr Chidananda Murthy and Prof Siddalingaiah to seek their advise and their views would be added in the party's election manifesto". Earlier, speculation was rife that he would contest from Badami as well. "These things do happen", state Congress President D Gundu Rao told News18.

The dynasty politics continues with sons and daughters of senior leaders getting the nod from the party high command.

The party is yet to name candidates for Shantinagar segment in Bengaluru Central, Kittar, Nagthan, Sindgi, Raichur and Melukote.

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