Karnataka Assembly elections: Congress releases first list of 218 candidates

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

The party has also allotted tickets to 15 Muslim candidates and another two are expected to be included in the second list.

The ruling Congress party in Karnataka on Sunday evening released its first list of 218 candidates for the upcoming state elections for 224 seats.

Current Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who has been contesting from the Varuna constituency since 2018 will be contesting from the Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru in the 2018 elections, and his son Dr Yatheendra will be contesting from Varuna. "Pointing fingers at others but protecting people who do the same - this is the Congress' character".

Win in Karnataka would be a huge psychological thing for the Congress which would then plot to upset the BJP's apple-cart in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh where Assembly polls are to be held by year-end. There are 84 parliamentary seats reserved for candidates belonging to the scheduled castes. Twenty-four candidates are in the age group of 25-40 years, 49 in the 41-50 group, 72 in the 51-60 group, 66 in the 61-70 group and seven candidates are above the age of 70 years, the sources said. According to party insiders, M Srinivas was earlier tipped to get the ticket. It would be unfair to the party and to the electorate in Sirsi to offer himself as a candidate without being able to fully commit himself to campaign. Former BJP MLAs Nagendra and Anand Singh and former JD-S MLAs Zamir Ahmed Khan, Chelluvar Ayyasamy, Iqbal Ansari, Akhanda Srinivas Moorthi, Blakrishna, Bheema Nayak and Ramesh Bendi Siddhagowda were also given tickets. The AP Congress Committee has staged several programmes on the special category status issue, but Chiranjeevi has not been present at any of them. B Suresh Siddhaiah, B Manjugowda and A L Pushpa.

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