Yeddyurappa files nomination papers from Shikaripura
The BJP in Karnataka is targeting 150 out of 224 assembly seats in the state.bengaluru Updated: Apr 19, 2018 19:13 IST
Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa, his colleague and former deputy chief minister KS Eshwarappa, and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Thursday filed nominations for the May 12 assembly polls in the state.
Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, filed the papers from his traditional Shikaripura constituency in Shivamogga district in the presence of Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh and Union ministers Ananth Kumar and Ramesh Jigajinagi.
The BJP has set its sight on regaining power by winning 150 out of 224 assembly seats.
Yeddyurappa had steered the BJP to victory and formed the party’s first ever government in the South in 2008.
He was forced to resign as chief minister in 2011 over graft charges, following which he quit the party to form his own outfit, Karnataka Janata Paksha, which failed to make a mark except to cause damage to the BJP’s prospects in the 2013 polls.
He returned to the BJP after Narendra Modi was declared the party’s prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Council Eshwarappa also filed his papers from Shivamogga in the presence of former CM Jagadish Shettar.
A Kuruba leader, Eshwarappa, who has served as BJP state president in the past, had last year led a battle against Yeddyuappa’s “unilateral” style of functioning by leading ‘Rayanna Brigade’, an “apolitical forum” of Dalits and backward classes.
The BJP central leadership had stepped in and brought about a rapprochement between the two squabbling leaders.
Eshwarappa had lost the 2013 assembly election.
From the Congress’ side, power minister and strong Vokkaliga leader DK Shivakumar filed his nomination from Kanakapura. He was accompanied by his brother and MP DK Suresh and other family members.
The I-T department had on August 2 last year conducted searches at various properties linked to Shivakumar, who had hosted 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs at a resort to forestall alleged attempts by the BJP to poach them ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls there.