JD(S) reaches out to BJP to keep Karnataka post-poll options open

JD(S) reaches out to BJP to keep Karnataka post-poll options open

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Monday, announced its plans to launch a mega campaign with the bombardment of rallies in Karnataka with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So the same continues in Karnataka.

Interestingly, the Congress party, which was hoping to garner the Lingayat votes by backing the Lingayat demand for a separate religion has fielded only 42 candidates from the Veerashaiva Lingayats, despite the community holding sway in around 100 constituencies.

Refusing to give up, the party has been trying to lure the two into the party.

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The entry of Ramachandra also brought to the JDS his niece - Kannada film actress Amulya. "They are given tickets based on their performance". Agitators burnt tyres and blocked the highway, causing a massive traffic jam. R. Narayanaswamy is the candidate from Nelamangala.

The announcement that Siddaramaiah will contest from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru, ended speculation that he might be in the fray from a second constituency, Badami, in north Karnataka's Bagalkote district.

The Congress has fielded Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's son Yathindra from Varuna constituency, now held by the chief minister who has shifted to Chamundeshwari.

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Among the other prominent candidates are Ministers K.J. George, Roshan Baig, Ramalinga Reddy and Krishna Byre Gowda from the seats they represent in the 14th outgoing legislative assembly from Bengaluru. Children of party leaders such as Mallikarjuna Kharge's son, Priyank Kharge, and K H Muniyappa's daughter, Roopa Shashidarwere also in the list.

According to a report in the Times of India, senior leader P Ramesh, who had unsuccessfully contested from CV Raman Nagar in Bengaluru in the 2013 election, made an announcement on Saturday about contesting from the seat as a JD (S) candidate.

As part of Basava Jayanti, the birth anniversary of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, Mr Shah and BJP Karnataka Unit President B S Yeddyurappa would garland the statue of Basaveshwara in the city tomorrow.

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