New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party announced its first list of candidates for the Karnataka Assembly elections scheduled to take place on 12 May. The list has 72 names in the first list for the 224-member Assembly.
The announcement came late Sunday night after the party’s Central Election Committee held a meeting presided over by BJP Amit Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leaders Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj were also present for the meeting at BJP headquarters in Delhi.
BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa, will contest from Shikaripura assembly constituency, the party’s Central Election Committee announced.
Veteran state leaders Jagadish Shettar and KS Eswarappa will contest from Hubli Dharwad Central and Shimoga Assembly seats, respectively, it said.
Two women candidates — Shashikala Jolle from Athani constituency in Belgaum district and Roopali Naik from the Karwar constituency in Uttara Kannada district — feature on the list of 72 names.
Senior party leader JP Nadda released the list of 72 candidates following the committee’s meeting. The BJP has also fielded its Lok Sabha MP B Sriramulu in the polls.
First list of 72 BJP candidates for ensuing general election to the legislative assembly of Karnataka 2018 finalised by BJP Central Election Committee. pic.twitter.com/0ZLS7WHWF2
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The meeting, official sources said, delineated on probable candidates for over 140 seats and the names of remaining candidates are likely to be announced soon.
The BJP is pulling out all the stops to oust the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government from Karnataka, the only big State where Congress is in power.