K'taka polls: Cong likely to finalise first list of candidates today

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah might contest from Badami legislative constituency in the upcoming elections in the state besides Chamundeshwari.

Election Commission has said, there was no leak of the poll date of Karnataka Assembly elections.

But what really caused sleepless nights to the BJP top brass was the party's own internal survey, which gave the Congress a lead in more than 100 seats. The JD (S) alone had got 19.89% last time.

The sources also said that the KPCC chief has sought two tickets - one from the Koratagere constituency in Tumkur district, the seat which he had lost in 2013, and the other is the Pulakeshinagar constituency in Bengaluru, from where JD (S) MLA joined the Congress recently.

Interestingly, though the Congress will see its seat share dip, essentially due to the anti-incumbency factor, and the BJP will see its numbers mount, the improved performance of the latter will not enable it to oust the former.

There is a possibility of releasing candidates for about 136 constituencies out of 224 in the state, the sources said.

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K'taka polls: Cong likely to finalise first list of candidates today

An overwhelming 45% of those surveyed believe that the Congress should be given a second chance.

The opinion poll claimed that the Congress is likely to bag 37% votes against 36.59% it polled in the 2013 elections. On the other side, Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM and SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) - parties which mainly bank on Muslim support, also have announced that they will contest in these elections separately.

With a sample size of 27,919 respondents, the India Today- Karvy Insights opinion poll said thatt 35 percent people said they will vote for the BJP.

The committee noted that the media has speculated election schedules before and it seemed similar attempts were made in the case of Karnataka elections. The BJP and JD (S) were predicted to win 96 and 25 seats each- leaving the possibility of a BJP-JD (S) alliance government wide open.

Although the BJP and the Congress are done with several rounds of campaigning in the state, the campaigning strategy of JD (S) has also been strategically crafted, which is about concentrating on limited constituencies where it has the ground-level reach.

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