Congress names candidates for Karnataka, Siddaramaiah to contest from one seat
There are seven debutants who are family members of either sitting or former MLAs. Siddaramaiah’s son Yathindra gets ticket from Varuna, where his father had won in 2008 and 2013.Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: Apr 16, 2018 07:23 IST
Contrary to speculations in the lead up to the release of the first list of candidates by the Congress for the May 12 assembly elections, chief minister Siddaramaiah will contest from only one seat, Chamundeshwari, in the Mysuru district.
In the first list of 218 candidates for the 224 seats released by the ruling party on Sunday, 103 of the 122 sitting MLAs have been given the tickets.
There are seven debutant candidates who are family members of either sitting or former MLAs. Siddaramaiah’s son Yathindra gets the ticket from Varuna constituency, where his father had won in 2008 and 2013.
The party has fielded GB Malathesh against Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa from Shikaripura constituency. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s son Priyank Kharge will contest from Chittapur.
Of the six constituencies for which candidates have not been announced includes Shanti Nagar in Bengaluru Central whose MLA Nalapad Ahmed Haris’ son was arrested for attacking a person at a city pub.
Other candidates include home minister Ramalainga Reddy (BTM Layout), his daughter Soumya (Jayanagar), law minister TB Jayachandra’s son Santhosh, member of Parliament KH Muniyappa’s daughter Roopa Sasidhar, and wife of former Union minister Qamarul Islam (who recently passed away), K Fatima, have been given tickets.
The Congress has also given tickets to 11 MLAs who joined it in the run-up to the assembly polls. Industrialist Ashok Kheny will contest once again from Bidar South. Recent inductees from BJP, Anand Singh and B Nagendra, the former close aides of the Reddy brothers of Ballari who were named in cases of illegal mining, have been fielded from the Ballari district.
Another former BJP leader, MY Patil, has been given the ticket to contest from Afzalpur in Kalaburagi district, as the sitting Congress MLA Malikayya Guttedar switched over to the BJP.
Meanwhile, all seven Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs who had been in the eye of a storm for voting against the party whip in the recent Rajya Sabha polls have been fielded. The JD(S) has chosen not to contest the Melukote seat in Mandya district and support the Swaraj India candidate Darshan Puttanaiah, whose father KS Puttanaiah, a renowned farmer leader, recently passed away.
The Congress has also given tickets to Bengaluru Mayor Sampath Raj (CV Raman Nagar) and former Mayor G Padmavathi (Rajaji Nagar).
Others include All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha president Shamanur Shivashankarappa, who has opposed the state government’s decision to grant the separate religion status to Lingayats. Shivashankarappa and his son SS Mallikarjun, a state minister, will contest from the Davanagere North and South seats, which they had done in 2013 as well. The Congress has selected 15 women candidates in the list.