With just two days left before the deadline for filing nominations for the 10 May Assembly elections in Karnataka, the ruling BJP on Monday, 17 April, announced candidates for 10 more constituencies.
The party has fielded state BJP general secretary Mahesh Tenginkai from the Hubli-Dharwad Central Assembly segment, which was represented by former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, who joined the Congress today upset that he was overlooked for the contest by the saffron party.
In three seats, family members of party leaders have been given tickets. While former minister and MLA Aravind Limbavali’s wife Manjula Arvind Limbavali has got the ticket for the Mahadevapura Constituency, the party has fielded Katta Jagadish, son of former Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu from Hebbal.
Koppal Lok Sabha member Karadi Sanganna’s daughter in-law Manjula Amaresh has been made the candidate from Koppal Assembly segment.
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ವಿಧಾನಸಭಾ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧಿಸುವ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿಗಳ ಮೂರನೇ ಪಟ್ಟಿ.
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) April 17, 2023
Sanganna planned to quit
Karadi Sanganna himself was a ticket aspirant from the segment and had planned to quit from his Parliament membership as well as from the party over delay in the ticket announcement.
In Bengaluru’s Govindraj Nagar, Umesh Shetty has been given the ticket. Senior Minister V Somanna, who currently represents the seat, had requested the party to give his son Arun Somanna a chance from the constituency, after he was fielded from two Assembly segments- Chamarajanagar and Varuna (against Congress leader Siddaramaiah).
In Mysuru district’s Krishnaraja Assembly segment a new face, Srivatsa, has been given the ticket as the party dropped four-time MLA S A Ramadas.
According to party sources, Shettar’s exit seems to have influenced decision-making vis-a-vis the third list with the party giving tickets to family members of senior leaders or legislators who were aspirants, and renominating a couple of sitting MLAs.
Renominations in Sedam, Ron
Sitting MLAs Rajkumar Patil and Kalakappa Bandi have been renominated from the Sedam and Ron seats, respectively.
The BJP had earlier announced the first and second list of 189 and 23 candidates respectively, totalling 212 of the total 224 seats; now with the announcement of 10 more seats the figure stands at 222.
The two seats remaining are Shivamogga and Manvi.
KS Eshwarappa, a former deputy chief minister, has told the party’s central leadership that he wishes to retire from electoral politics and has requested it to not consider fielding him in the Assembly polls from Shivamogga.
He is however said to be seeking a candidacy for his son KE Kantesh from the seat.
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