Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Siddaramaiah to decide on contesting from Badami after consulting Congress high command

Siddaramaiah to decide on contesting from Badami after consulting Congress high command

Rao, who is in-charge of Karnataka's BJP unit, then took to Twitter to ask Siddaramaiah, whether he chose to contest from another seat as he was scared that he wouldn't win the Chamundeshwari seat in Mysuru.

The candidates for five other seats are NH Harris from Shantinagar in Bengaluru; K. Inamdar from Kittur in Belagavi district; VD Katakdhond from Nagathan (SC); MN Sali from Sindgi in Vijayapura; and Sayed Yasin from Raichur in the state's northwest region. The ruling Congress is trying its best to retain power while the BJP, headed by its former chief-minister Yediyurappa in the run-up to the polls, is make a strong bit to oust the ruling party. Though the name of Mr. Yeddyurappa was bandied about, multiple sources in the party said it was "highly unlikely".

Sitting MLA from Badami, B B Chimmanakatti, a leader from Siddaramaiah's community, the Kurubas (shepherds), has said he is willing to vacate the seat only for the CM.

His clout in selection of candidates was evident when Rahul Gandhi acceded to his demand of giving tickets to all the 7 JD (S) rebels who joined Congress.

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"So I have told them that I will bring the opinions expressed by you (leaders) to the notice of the high command".

Similarly, Siddaramaiah also succeeded in overcoming resistance within the party against fielding Anand Singh from Vijayanagar and B Nagendra from Bellary.

Siddaramaiah is expected to file his nomination on Tuesday. As he faced questions on the issue, Kharge shot back at reporters here on Sunday saying "What is wrong in Siddaramaiah contesting from two seats?"

He said that there will no adverse impact on his success at Chamundeshwari constituency despite contesting from Badami constituency.

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The Congress in its list of candidates for 218 seats announced on April 15, had named Devraj Patil as its nominee from Badami.

Mr Siddaramaiah is the party's second Chief Minister to complete a 5-year term after Devaraj Urs who was chief minister from 1972-78 in the southern state. Situation and circumstances have made him contest from two seats.

Restricting his campaign to two constituencies has led to speculations that Siddaramaiah was unhappy that the party central leadership had not allowed him to contest from two constituencies.

Congress has fielded 15 women candidates out of the total 223.

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In addition, the enemy within, or party leaders who opposed to his style of functioning, could also make it hard for Mr Siddaramaiah in both these seats.

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