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BSP-JD(S) join hands in a first-ever pre-poll alliance in Karnataka

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The BSP-JD(S) alliance announced that the Mayavati led party will contest 20 seats in Karnataka Assembly Elections.

Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party and H. D. Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) have formed an alliance ahead of Karnataka Assembly Elections. The elections are due in April this year and the state does not have a history of a pre-poll alliance. Thus, it is for the first time that political parties have agreed to form an alliance before elections.

The move has definitely come as a blow to ruling Congress as it was hoping to consolidate the Dalit and Muslim vote bank against the BJP’s Hindutva vote bank. In a joint press conference, JD(S) national secretary-general Danish Ali revealed that BSP will be contesting 20 seats across 14 districts.

The alliance also announced their Chief Ministerial candidate. JD(S) chief H. D. Deve Gowda’s son H. D. Kumaraswamy has been picked as the chief ministerial candidate for the alliance.

Talking to media here, Ali called the alliance “pathbreaking”.  He said the alliance had the potential to “thwart the attempts of two bigger national parties to isolate regional parties”. While the alliance is expecting to tap on the 22% Scheduled Caste votes, some also feel that it might end up as veined efforts.

The 20 seats which the BSP will contest are Chamaraj Nagara, Gundlupete and Kolleg-ala (SC), Anekal, Nippa-ni, Chikkodi-Sadalaga and Raibag (SC) Honnali, Bidar North, Chittapur (SC), Kalaburgi Rural (SC), Vijayanagara, Bagalkot City, Karkala, Hubbali-Dhar-wad (East-SC), Byadagi, Shirahatti (SC), Gadag, Babaleshwara and Sullya (SC).

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Karnataka Elections: BSY’s Son and Sobha Karandlaje excluded from the latest BJP candidate list

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The big brawl between the sons of Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa has been scrapped in Varuna after BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa announced at a convention in Mysore that his son Vijayendra won’t contest against Siddaramaiah’s son Yathendra anymore.

BJP did not take this news lightly with party workers creating a commotion by throwing chairs around. It is believed that the elections will be a piece of cake for Yathendra now.

At the same time Yeddyurappa’s close aide Shobha Karandlaje has also been excluded from BJP’s latest list of candidates.

“Shobha is a junior compared to other leaders like Anantkumar Hegde, Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar. They will never let this happen. She is lobbying to contest from Yeshvanthpur and since she is a close associate of Yeddyurappa, he may favour her, but the high command will take the opinions of other leaders and she may not get the ticket,” a source has revealed.

The party has not yet made up its mind on four constituencies. Tuesday is the last date to file nominations.

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Karnataka elections: Congress changes 6 names in the final list of candidates

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Publishing the final list of candidates for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, the Congress announced a change in the name of candidates in six seats and selected nominees for five other seats on Sunday.

The AICC announced the names of candidates for five of the 224 constituencies where it had not announced candidates and changed candidates in six constituencies from those named its first list announced on April 15.

The party replaced nominee HS Chandra Mouli in Madikeri as he was the lawyer of diamond trader Mehul Choksi, who fled the country in January after allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank along with his nephew Nirav Modi.

Putting an end to speculation over whether Siddaramaiah would contest a second seat apart from Chamundeshwari in his home district of Mysore, the Congress declared him as the candidate for the Badami constituency in Bagalkot in north Karnataka.

Among the other constituencies where the Congress changed its candidates is Jagalur (ST seat) where the party had announced the candidature of A L Puspha. But following severe pressure, the party replaced her with HP Rajesh, the sitting MLA.

 

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Siddaramaiah – Devegowda’s nomination process turns violent in Mysuru

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MYSURU:  Karnataka election heat has risen as supporters of both CM Siddaramaiah and G T Devegowda of JD(S), ran into each other as their leaders filed their nominations from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru on Friday.

Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple, the North Gate of Mysuru Palace was turned into a battlefield as the two nomination processions were slated to commence.

The front section of the temple was covered by the Congress workers while JD(S) supporters assembled near Town Hall.

As the Congress supporters broke the security cordons, the police intervened and resorted to mild caning.

Sources claimed Congress had sought time to take out a rally before JD(S). But Congress rescheduled its rally, leading to delay and tension for four hours from 11 am. Siddaramaiah was scheduled to arrive at 12 noon and Devegowda at 2 pm. As Siddaramaiah got delayed, Devegowda acceded to the cops’ request and arrived early.

The police changed the route of the procession to the returning officer’s office in Nazarbad 2km away, as the CM reached the procession venue at 2 pm to ensure both party workers did not run into each other. Karnataka state elections will be held on 12 May 2018 in all 224 constituencies of the Legislative Assembly. The counting of votes and announcement of result will take place on 15 May 2018.

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