BJP likely to release second list for Karnataka assembly poll today

12 April, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Bert Pena
  • BJP chief Amit Shah. PTI

On Monday, CM Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dr G Parameshwara and veteran Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry began deliberations on the first list of candidates to be announced.

He had won the seat in 2013 on a ticket from Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP), which he had joined after falling out with the BJP. The Janata Dal (Secular) has already announced candidates for 126 constituencies. This live blog will attempt to collate major news breaks which are pertinent to the upcoming elections and get crucial information related to the state Assembly election on one page.

"The central election committee of the party has decided the first 72 names for the ensuing Karnataka legislative Assembly elections", said the BJP in a statement released by its state unit.

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"Compared to BJP, we will have less rebellion". The AICC has not approved the list of candidates yet.

The meeting discussed the names of probable candidates for rest of the seats in the 225-member state Assembly. Party sources said that the idea to let Siddaramaiah fight from Badami is to strengthen the Congress prospects in North Karnataka.

Among the candidates are numerous party's 48 sitting or outgoing legislators from the state's northern, central and southern region, including Bengaluru, which has 28 assembly constituencies. While some reports suggested that the list could be announced on April 12, others said that it April 15. However, Yeddyurappa merged the entity with the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and was elected to the Lok Sabha.

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