Karnataka Assembly election 2018: The Bharatiya Janata Party has released its second list of 82 candidates for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. The names of the candidates were finalised by party’s central election committee (CEC), which comprises Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah. A meeting of the CEC was held in Delhi to finalise the party’s candidates for the May 12 Karnataka assembly polls. On April 8, the saffron party had declared its first list of 72 candidates for the 224-member assembly.
The BJP is trying tooth and nail to come back to power in the state, dislodging the Congress. H D Deve Gowda-led JD(S) is the third major player in the contest. On the other hand, the Congress has declared the names of 218 candidates in the elections. The results of the election will be declared on May 15. The list included the name of elder brother of tainted mining baron G Janardhan Reddy and son of late chief minister S Bangarappa. Reddy was fielded from Bellary City while Kumar Bangarappa will contest from Sorab. G Janardhan Reddy is an an accused in illegal mining case. Krishnaiah Setty, an old associate of Yeddyurappa, has been fielded from from Malur.
Here’s the second list from the BJP
The party is yet to announce candidates is Varuna, for which Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Vijayendra is seen as a strong contender. On the other hand, Congress has given ticket to CM Siddaramaiah’s son Yatheendra from this seat, currently held by the chief minister who has shifted to Chamundeshwari.
In 2013, BJP was reduced to 40 seats, while the Congress had won 122 seats. JD(S) led by Deve Gowda had bagged 40 seats. Yeddyurappa, who was removed as state chief minister, had floated his own party, Karnataka Janata Paksha. However, the Lingayat leader merged his party with the BJP in 2014.