Political temperatures on the rise as poll date approaches in Karnataka


Badami constituency in North Karnataka is set for a high profile contest, with the BJP pitting B. Sriramulu, a key aide of the mining baron G Janardhan Reddy, against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. For both the leaders, Badami is an additional seat as the Chief Minister is contesting from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru and Mr. Sriramulu is contesting from Molakalmur in Chitradurga.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its fourth list of seven candidates for the May 12 elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly. Voting will be held on May 12, and counting done on May 15.

The CM stated that he is least bothered as to who will contest against him in the upcoming state assembly election.

The latest one, conducted by TimesNow and VMR, has forecast a close contest between the Congress and BJP, in addition to the possibility of Janata Dal (Secular) President HD Kumaraswamy playing the kingmaker. At the same time, BJP seems to be leading when it comes to who wins more seats? Facing flak, BJP state spokesperson Vivek Reddy said a "compromise has been struck" to win the constituency. BJP has made peace with awarding tickets to those tainted by graft charges like the Reddys of Bellary, but scored a political point by not obliging dynastic politics like Congress.

Some state and district level officers under the influence of Congress are either delaying or denying permission to BJP functionaries for poll campaign.

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The Congress leader asked why Mr Modi and Mr Shah were shielding the accused in 'loot of public money and plundering natural resources and the reason for giving BJP tickets to Reddy brothers and their chariness.

He said the Congress party was very strong in 154 rural constituencies due to various welfare schemes like the "hunger-free Karnataka" project.

The BJP has been holding the Congress responsible for the death of its 24 cadres and workers of right-wing RSS in the state's coastal region during its rule over the last five years. Further, with the list remaining silent on Varuna, where Yeddyurappa's second son B Y Vijayendra had been campaigning aggressively even before a formal announcement, it remains to be seen whether the chief ministerial aspirant for the party will be able to outmanoeuvre his rival faction. "The election in this state is akin to the battle of Mahabharata, between the Pandavas and the Kauravas".

"There are different factors that Congress is poised to retain power".