BJP released its first list of 72 candidates who will contest in the Karnataka Assembly elections May 12, to be held on May 12. Yeddyurappa will contest from Shikaripura, not Shimoga
The BJP on Sunday released its first list of 72 candidates to contest in the Karnataka assembly elections 2018, to be held May 12 for the 224 seats across the southern state. “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. The committee met under the party’s national president Amit Shah. Other members of the committe, such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also attended the meet at the party’s head office in New Delhi.
Among the candidates are many of the party’s 48 sitting or outgoing legislators from the state’s northern, central and southern regions, including Bengaluru, which has 28 Assembly constituencies. Prominent nominees are the party’s chief ministerial face B S Yeddyurappa from Shikaripura, K S Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, Jagadish Shettar from Hubli-Dharwad Central, Basavaraj Bommai from Shiggaon, C.M. Udasi from Hangal, K.V. Hegde from Sirsi and B. Sriramulu from Molakalmuru (reserved).
For Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s CM candidate, this is a do-or-die election as it will be seen as a prelude to the 2019 general elections as far as South India goes. For the Congress, on the other hand, this is an election for survival. Karnataka is one of the few states in India where they still hold power – and the party will be looking to retain the state.
Top 10 developments on Karnataka Elections 2018 and BJP campaigns
1. BS Yeddyurappa to contest from Shikaripura: State BJP President and the party’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa will contest from Shikaripura. B Sriramulu, the party MP from Ballari district will contest the Assembly polls and will be the party’s candidate from Molakalmuru in Chitradurga district. BS Yeddyurappa’s rival within the party, and former party President K S Eashwarappa will contest from Shimoga.