The Congress on Thursday releases the second list of 42 candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka.
According to a communique issued by Congress general secretary Mukul Wasnik, party’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has selected the candidates. The list of candidates include MY Patil, Mahantesh Kadadi, Santosh S Lad, Srinivas NT and NY Gopalakrishna. Last week, the party released the first list of 124 candidates. Elections to 224 member Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 10.
Priyank Kharge, son of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, will contest from Chitapur. MB Patil and Dinesh Gundurao have been given tickets from Babaleswar and Gandhinagar constituencies, respectively. The party has dropped sitting MLA Venkataramanappa and has given a ticket to a new candidate.
Siddaramaiah has already got a ticket from Varuna constituency, however, on several occasions he has expressed his aspirations to fight from Kolar. Reports suggested that Siddaramaiah’s candidacy from Kolar was not discussed in the CEC meeting held recently.
Varthur Prakash, a potential BJP candidate from Kolar, said that if Siddaramaiah contests in both constituencies, he will lose both.
The results will be declared on May 13. The Opposition Congres is expecting to return to the power. The BJP is striving to retain power.