Karnataka assembly elections 2018: BJP first list of candidates revealed

Rahul Gandhi

Every election witnesses emergence of new political parties and form irritants tor the major contenders for power and the May 12 polls for Karnataka Legislative Assembly will be no exception. The meet was presided by party's national president Amit Shah.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said the Congress party had not yet finalised the list of candidates for the upcoming state assembly polls and that a "fake" list was in circulation to create confusion. She said that the party will release the candidates list by April 15-16. Chief ministerial candidate for Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa, will contest from Shikaripura assembly constituency, according to the announcement.

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Madhusudan Mistry, the chairman of the Screening Committee, held marathon discussions with the Chief Minister, the KPCC President G Parameshwara and senior leader D K Shivakumar among others. 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.

"The list is likely to be out in the next two days.I think most of the names will be out in the first list itself", Radhakrishna said.

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The meeting discussed the names of probable candidates for rest of the seats in the 225-member state Assembly.

For the Karnataka polls, Rahul has laid out that feedback reports candidates from district representatives, observers and state level functionaries will be taken into account and winnability will be the top criteria.

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