In Karnataka, Congress workers protest, destroy party office over distribution of tickets


Numerous 154 candidates declared in the first two lists were ministers & MLAs when BJP won Karnataka in 2008, but also face criminal & corruption charges.

The BJP list comes a day after the rival, Congress party, released its first list of candidates for 218 out of the 224 constituencies. The party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is slated to contest from Shikaripura.

The Congress has not named candidates for six seats - Shantinagar in Bengaluru, Melukote, Kittur in Belagavi, Raichur Urban, Nagathana and Sindhgi in Vijayapura district.

It is not that the Congress or the JD (S) have no tainted candidates, but it is quite clear that despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the Congress government of Siddaramaiah of being a "10 per cent commission" government, the party seems to have no other choice but to back all those politicians who are facing cases in the hope of achieving its target of toppling Siddaramaiah's government. However, the CM Managed to prevail upon the party top leadership and ensured tickets to all new entrants to the party, including seven rebel JD (S) MLAs and Independents. The party is in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party for Karnataka polls.

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He said the Karnataka election will be historic as it will set the tone for the BJP retain power at the centre with a repeat performance in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, as compared to its win in 2014.

Though he was re-elected from the adjacent Varuna seat in Mysuru district in the May 2013 assembly polls, the party high command has agreed to field his son Yatindra from his home constituency this time.

Sitting MLAs who were denied a ticket include Basavaraj Shivannavar from Badgy, Manohar Tehsildar from Hangal, Shiv Moorti Nayak from Mycunda, Turuverevere from Shriniwas and Sharabsherry from Tiptur.

From Honnali, the BJP gave the ticket to former excise minister MP Renukacharya. Disgruntled leaders threatened to resign from the party membership, even as their loyalists vandalised party offices and created a ruckus at various places within the state.