BJP releases second list of 82 candidates for Karnataka elections

P Ramesh said Siddaramaiah is Tughlaq in the Congress

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. The party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is slated to contest from Shikaripura.

The party is yet to name candidates for Shantinagar segment in Bengaluru Central, Kittar, Nagthan, Sindgi, Raichur and Melukote. The party, in the past week, had released its first list of 72 candidates. "There was a vacuum in seven constituencies where the party had lost in 2013".

Congress, BJP and the JD (S) are the three major players in the Karnataka Assembly elections. The list has 15 women candidates, five more than what the party had fielded in the previous Assembly elections.

Karnataka is one of the few Indian states which is being ruled by the Congres.

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The plans of CM Siddharamaiah's close aide and Mysuru District Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa to get a ticket for his son Sunil Bose from T.Narasipur has been spiked. "If the high command doesn't address this aspect of the state leadership, it might bring losses for the party", he said.

The party has reportedly re-nominated 107 of the 122 sitting MLAs but refused tickets for 14 sitting MLAs. There was apparent dissent within the party; many leaders threatened to give up their membership even as their loyalists went on the rampage and vandalised party offices in Mandya, Mangaluru, Hangal, Badami and Kolar, among others.

Senior Congress leader's son Priyank Kharge was given a ticket and he will contest the polls from the Chitapur (Reserved) seat in Gulbarga district. These leaders are reported to have cited S.M. Krishna's case (contested from Maddur in 1999 and Chamarajpet in 2004) while arguing that contesting from two Constituencies by the Chief Minister would send out a wrong message to the electorate.

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