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Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 Here is why Siddaramaiah is contesting 2 seats

Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 Siddaramaiah is likely to file his nomination from Badami in north Karnataka on Tuesday. Image source PTI

After a lot of drama, chaos, ruckus and hullaballoo, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided that former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappas son will not be contesting from the Varuna constituency in Mysuru in the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections.

In Badami assembly constituency, BJP has fielded B Sriramulu to counter Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. As per an official notification issued on April 17, the last date for filing nominations across 224 Assembly constituencies is Tuesday (April 24).

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Mysuru: Zilla Panchayat Member Sadananda who was projected by the BJP to contest in Varuna constituency instead of BJP State President B.S. Yeddyurappa's son B.Y. Vijayendra, has refused to contest the elections. While a large number of voters in Badami are Valmikis, a Scheduled Tribe, the Congress is banking on support from the Kuruba community, who too make up a sizeable percentage of voters.

Deve Gowda's JD (S) seems to bag 40 seats regarding tally is compared to the current numbers of the 2 political parties in Karnataka, the Congress can suffer a loss of 31 seats at the same time as a gain of 49 seats for BJP. This offer however was rejected by the Congress ruled State Government at that time. Karunakara Reddy is the second brother of Janardhan Reddy's to get a BJP ticket. Votes will be counted on May 15. However, the BJP had held the seat for two consecutive terms from 2004-2013. Earlier this month, Somashekara Reddy was named the BJP's candidate from Bellary City.

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He also claimed that neither the Congress nor the chief minister is facing "anti-incumbency".

The chief minister was accompanied by Congress working president SR Patil and sitting MLA Chimmanakatti, among others, as he filed his papers. Ambareesh and Seetharam had figured in the Congress party's first list. He pointed out that the BJP changed the chief minister thrice during the five-year period leading to lack of development in the state while ruling out an alliance with the party. His supporters vandalised the BJP convention venue when the CM aspirant announced that his son "will not contest".

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The state election commission will scrutinize all nominations on Wednesday.

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