Local Congress Leader in Mangaluru Joins BJP in Morning, Returns in Evening

Hannah Rogers
April 11, 2018

The list of ruling Congress candidates for the 12 May Assembly polls in Karnataka may be released on 12 April, a party functionary said.

Karnataka is scheduled to go for Assembly election in May this year.

The BJP Central Election Committee at its meeting chaired by party chief Amit Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday approved the first list for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections.

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Though the screening committee meetings took place on Tuesday and party leaders met with Congress president Rahul Gandhi with their feedback on some of the candidates, the central election committee is yet to meet. Veteran Congress leader H Vishwanath another Kuruba leader who has joined the JDs along with another dalit leader V Srinivas Prasad who has joined BJP after rebelling against Siddaramaiah have owed to defeat Siddaramaiah as part of Mysore politics.

Both Yeddyurappa and Sriramulu had left the BJP before the 2013 Assembly elections to float their own parties - the Karnataka Janata Party and BSR Congress, respectively. The names of remaining candidates are likely to be announced soon.

Sources said that Siddaramaiah is keen to contest from Chamundeshwari, but many in the party want him also to fight from the safe seat of Badami in North Karnataka. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara, state in-charge K C Venugopal and senior leader Madhusudan Mistry among others were present in the meeting. Krishnamurthy further urged the Telugu speaking population in Karnataka that they shouldn't vote for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during upcoming polls in the state next month.

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