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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says, Karnataka’s election will be between ‘communalism’ and ‘secularism’

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Addressing the media Siddaramaiah said, “This election will not be between me and Yeddyurappa. It will not be a fight between me and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will be a fight between two ideologies- communalism and secularism.”

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that in the forthcoming state assembly elections, there will be a fight between two ideologies – ‘communalism’ and ‘secularism’. They denied that there is an anti-incumbency wave for the Congress in the state and said that with a clear majority in Karnataka Congress would again form the government.

He had come to Delhi to join the meeting chaired by Congress President Rahul Gandhi to discuss the preparations and strategies for the state assembly elections.

Addressing the Media Siddaramaiah said, “This election will not be between me and Yeddyurappa. It will not be a fight between me and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will be a fight between two ideologies- communalism and secularism.”

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On Saturday president of the party’s state unit, G Parmeshwar said, that Congress President Rahul Gandhi will start the first phase of his party’s election campaign in Karnataka starting on February 10, Karnataka assembly elections are likely to be in March-April. Election Commission has not declared the date for the election of the 225-member assembly.

Parmeshwar speaking to the media said, “Rahulji will visit Karnataka on February 10-12 for the first phase of the campaign.”

He said that Rahul will start his Karnataka tour from Bengaluru and he will also go to other parts of the state. “Various programs have been scheduled for their three-day tour. Rahulji will address farmers, intellectuals and students and others.” Parmeshwar’s meeting was attended by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, State Congress Working President SR Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao and in-charge of the state K.C. Venugopal.

Besides, senior state leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, K Rehman Khan, KH Muniyappa, Oscar Fernandes and Veerappa Moily were also present.

Meanwhile, Punjab and Karnataka are only Congress-governed states.

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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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