Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Karnataka assembly election 2018: A record 2407 in fray for polls

Karnataka assembly election 2018: A record 2407 in fray for polls

Gains by India's ruling party in the Karnataka assembly election next month will fall short of a majority, an opinion poll showed, potentially forcing it to seek an alliance to end the rule of the main opposition Congress party in its last big state. Like Siddaramaiah, who is also contesting from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru district, Sriramulu is set to contest two seats.

Vijayendra was widely expected to file his nomination on Monday to battle Siddaramaiah's son since he had spent almost three weeks in the constituency building a rapport with voters.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has confirmed a list of star campaigners, including national level leaders PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, who will be campaigning for the party in Karnataka. Karnataka, a very important State in the BJP's game plan for its southward expansion goes to polls on May 12. Tuesday was the last date for filing nominations.

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The party submitted a memorandum alleging that the ruling Congress in Karnataka is resorting to all sorts of malpractices to rig the assembly elections.

The 40 high-profile campaigners are set to kick the BJP's campaign in the state into high gear just before the polls. To counter this move of the Congress party, the BJP leaders are visiting top Lingayat Mutths to seek the blessings of their religious leaders and have fielded its Hindutva poster boy and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in campaigning.

BJP has decided to make Badami tough for Siddaramaiah and, in a last minute move, the party announced Sriramulu as its candidate.

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The BJP also named eight other candidates, some replacements, for the polls. In contrast, BJP's CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa is on safer ground in Shikaripur where he has buried the hatchet with ex-rivals.

"They (BJP) want to make it a tough fight for Siddaramaiah and confine him to campaigning in these two seats", A. Narayana, political analyst and faculty at the Azim Premji University, said.

The 224-strong Assembly is to be re-elected on 12th May as Siddaramaiah's tenure as chief-minister concludes on 24th May.

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On this, JDS president Kumaraswamy reminded congress that his party can't be ignored.

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