"This is the right time for our party to contest the forthcoming assembly polls as our survey shows that people of Karnataka are looking towards us as credible alternative. We have decided to contest the polls but on how many seats it is yet to be decided," said Pankaj Gupta, the General Secretary of AAP in Bangaluru on Thursday.
Assembly elections in Karnataka will be held around April-May this year. The Congress had won 123 seats in the 225 seats Vidhan Sabha including one Anglo Indian Nominated Representative whereas former Prime Minister Deve Gowda's Janta Dal Secular and the BJP had won 40 seats each in Vidhan Sabha polls held in 2013. The BJP was reduced to 40 from 122 due to the rebellion by the lingayat strongman BS Yeddyurappa, whose KJP had secured six seats. Mr Yeddyurappa had later joined the BJP along with four legislators.
Apart from Aam Aadmi Party, a couple of other political parties have also announced their intentions to contest elections in Karnataka.
Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen had announced their entry long back, but they haven't said how many seats they will contest.
The Mahila Empowerment Party led by Hyderabad-based social worker Dr Nowhera Shaik will also enter Karnataka elections. "I have to see that how many seats our party should contest in Karnataka. Candidates from all strata of society are approaching me," Dr Shaik told NDTV.
Apart from them, Deputy Superintendent's Anupama Shenoy's Bharatiya Janashakti Congress, Sandalwood Cine star Upendra's Prajnavanta Janata Paksha and Kolar legislator Vertoor Praksh's Namma Congress will also try their luck in the forthcoming assembly elections.
The battle is largely expected to be between the BJP and the Congress.
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