Siddaramaiah to contest from 2 seats in Karnataka assembly polls 2018

Karnataka assembly elections 2018 After seeking blessings in earnest Siddaramaiah files nomination

Siddaramaiah to contest from two seats: Badami and Chamundeshwari

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will file nomination for the upcoming Assembly election from a second seat, Badami in Bagalkot district, on April 24, the chief minister's office stated on Saturday.

He said that he will start an intensified state-wide campaign.

"The party, led by former Prime Minister H D Deve" Gowda, is in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party, which, it hopes, would help garner the votes of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the May 12 assembly polls.

Chimmanakatti has said if the Chief Minister is not contesting, he should be the candidate.

Siddaramaiah, 69, filed nomination on Friday at Chamundeshwari from where he contested seven times and won five times since 1983.

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The Congress in its list of candidates for 218 seats announced on April 15, had named Devraj Patil as its nominee from Badami. The BJP is yet to name a candidate for Badami, where there are as many voters from the Lingayat community to which Yeddyurappa belongs. They are already peeved with his repeated assertion that he would return as the Chief Minister for another term at the end of next month's polls.

The party has chose to support Swaraj India candidate Darshan Puttannaiah, son of the state'ss farmer leader, the late K.S. Puttanaiah, who was a legislator from Melukote in Mandya district.

The turmoil in the Congress over selection of candidates, continues with some leaders refusing to contest the elections in protest and the axe hanging over others even as senior leaders try to keep their flock together.

JDS had followed a similar strategy in earlier elections also. The party is now considering fielding a lawyer, K. Diwakar or another local leader in his place.

Reports suggest that chief minister Siddaramiah was also mulling ways to file his nonination from Badami seat given that it has large Kurba population. This is the third constituency after Bidar and Pulakeshinagar where the CM and Mr Kharge have had a strong disagreement over candidates.

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