Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Election ticket fallout in Karnataka Congress: Revolt gains steam against Siddaramaiah

Election ticket fallout in Karnataka Congress: Revolt gains steam against Siddaramaiah

The BJP today announced its candidates for 82 more seats for the Karnataka Assembly polls, taking to 154 the number of constituencies for which it has declared its nominees.

The party is yet to announce its candidates for the Sindagi, Kittur, Nagathana, Melukote, Raichur and Shantinagar assembly seats. Congress president Rahul Gandhi recently termed the JD (S) as JD (Sangh Parivar). Presently, there is Congress government in Karnataka under CM Siddaramaiah. The party is restricted mainly to southern Karnataka, where it enjoys the support of the Vokkaliga community, to which Deve Gowda belongs, and is involved in a direct fight with Congress in 65 seats in the region. In the Ramanagaram seat, where Gowda's son and arch-rival H D Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (S) has said he will win without campaigning, the Congress ticket candidate is H A Iqbal Hussain, a former zilla panchayat president reportedly backed by Bengaluru Rural MP, D K Suresh.

Both parties have continued the tradition of pandering to dominant caste politics but with an increasing significance given to Kurubas, the shepherd community from which incumbent chief minister Siddaramaiah hails.

This election, the BJP has given tickets to only three women on the list.

On 16 April, the Congress released the names of 218 candidates which included Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who will contest from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru. The final day of nominating the candidates for the election is on April 24, 2018, and the final date of withdrawal from the election is on April 27, 2018.

Apart from Siddaramaiah's son, the children of four sitting legislators have also been given tickets, including home minister Ramalinga Reddy and his daughter Soumya, law minister TB Jayachandra and son, housing minister M Krishnappa and son Priya Krishna and Shamanur Shivshankarappa and son SS Mallikarjun.

He added that the people of the country would never accept the legacy of Congress and teach the party a "proper lesson".

The JDS released a list of 132 candidates way back in November 2017 and is now looking to capitalise on disgruntled members from the Congress and BJP to field in the May 12 polls.

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