Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 will be held for 223 constituencies on Saturday. A total of 2,636 candidates are in the poll fray with BJP, Congress and JD (S) as the main contesting parties. After a high-voltage campaign, often turning bitter and personal, all eyes are set on the heavyweights. Here's a low down on the main candidates fighting the Karnataka election 2018:
BJP's B Sreeramulu, Janardhan Reddy's close aide and sitting lawmaker, who is fighting from Badami against Congress' Siddaramaiah, the current chief minister of the state and BJP's chief ministerial candidate and sitting lawmaker from Shikaripura constituency are among the top candidates for Karnataka Assembly Elections.
Other heavyweights from the BJP include - Jagadish Shettar, leader of Opposition and former chief minister from Hubli-Dharwad-Central, G Somashekara Reddy and G Karunakara Reddy, the famous Reddy brothers involved in illegal mining, from Bellary City and Harapanahalli respectively. Senior BJP leaders K S Eshwarappa (Shimoga) , S Suresh Kumar (Rajajinagar), R Ashoka (Padmanabanagar) are also to watch out for in Karnataka election 2018.
From Congress, the list of heavyweights for Karnataka poll 2018 include Rahim Khan (Bidar), H K Patil (Gadag), R V Deshpande (Haliyal), five times lawmaker KB Koliwad from Ranebennur, Anil H Lad from Bellary City, Kagodu Thimmappa from Sagar, President of the KPCC - G Parameshwara from Koratagere, KR Ramesh Kumar from Srinivaspur, Krishna Byregowda contesting from Byatarayanapura and K J George from Sarvagnanagar.
Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj from CV Raman Nagar, veteran Congressman R Roshan Baig from Shivajinagar, working president of KPCC Dinesh Gundu Rao from Gandhinagar, State Home Minister and six times lawmaker Ramalinga Reddy from BTM Layout, state minister of energy DK Shivakumar from Kanakapura and Yathindra Siddaramaiah, son of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, contesting from Varuna constituency, are some of the heavyweights from the Congress party for Karnataka polls 2018.
Among the heavyweights from JD (S) are - S Madhu Bangarappa, son of former CM S Bangarappa who is contesting from Sorab constituency. HD Kumaraswamy, party state president and former chief minister from Ramanagaram, H D Revanna, son of HD Devegowda, fighting from Holenarasipur, AH Vishwanath from Hunsur, Chikkanna from Heggadadevankote, GT Devegowda from Chamundeshwari and KS Rangappa from Chamaraja.
|Const No||Const Name||Cand ID||Candidate||Profile||WINNER 2013||Party|
|10023||Badami||1||B Sreeramulu||Janardhan Reddy's close aide & sitting MP||Chimmanakatti B Bhimappa||BJP|
|10023||Badami||2||Siddaramaiah||Chief Minister||Chimmanakatti B Bhimappa||Cong|
|10040||Chittapur||2||Priyank Kharge||Son of Mallikarjun Kharge||Priyank Kharge||Cong|
|10050||Bidar||2||Rahim Khan||2 times MLA & Current Chairman of Karnataka State Warehousing Corporation||Gurupadappa Nagamarpalli||Cong|
|10073||Hubli-Dharwad-Central||1||Jagadish Shettar||Leader of Opposition & former CM||Jagadish Shettar||BJP|
|10076||Haliyal||1||R V Deshpande||Minister for Medium & Heavy Industries||R V Deshpande||Cong|
|10094||Bellary City||1||Anil H Lad||Sitting MLA contesting against Somashekar Reddy||Anil H Lad||Cong|
|10094||Bellary City||4||G Somashekara Reddy||One of the famous Reddy Brothers accused in illegal mining||Anil H Lad||BJP|
|10097||Molakalmuru||3||B Sreeramulu||Janardhan Reddy's close aide & sitting MP||S Thippeswamy||BJP|
|10104||Harapanahalli||1||G Karunakara Reddy||One of the famous Reddy Brothers accused in illegal mining||M P Ravindra||BJP|
|10113||Shimoga||1||K S Eshwarappa||Senior BJP leader||K B Prasanna Kumar||BJP|
|10115||Shikaripura||2||B S Yeddyurappa||Chief Ministerial Candidate & Sitting MP||B S Yeddyurappa||BJP|
|10116||Sorab||1||S Kumara Bangarappa||Standing against his brother Madhu Bangarappa||S Madhu Bangarappa||BJP|
|10116||Sorab||2||S Madhu Bangarappa||Sitting MLA, Son of former CM S Bangarappa||S Madhu Bangarappa||JD(S)|
|10134||Koratagere||1||G Parameshwara||President of the KPCC||P R Lal Sudhakara||Cong|
|10152||Byatarayanapura||1||Krishna Byregowda||Minister of Agriculture for State & General Secy of KPCC||Krishna Byregowda||Cong|
|10161||C. V. RamannNagar||3||R Sampath Raj||Bengaluru Mayor||S Raghu||Cong|
|10162||Shivajinagar||2||R Roshan Baig||Veteran Congressman||R Roshan Baig||Cong|
|10164||Gandhinagar||1||Dinesh Gundu Rao||Working President of KPCC||Dinesh Gundu Rao||Cong|
|10171||Padmanabanagar||1||R Ashoka||Former Home Minister||R Ashoka||BJP|
|10172||B.T.M. Layout||2||Ramalinga Reddy||State Home Minister & 6 times MLA||Ramalinga Reddy||Cong|
|10183||Ramanagaram||2||H D Kumaraswamy||Party State President & Former CM||H D Kumaraswamy||JD(S)|
|10184||Kanakapura||3||D K Shivakumar||Minister of Energy||D K Shivakumar||Cong|
|10185||Channapatna||1||H D Kumaraswamy||Party State President & Former CM||C P Yogeshwara||JD(S)|
|10197||Holenarasipur||3||H D Revanna||Son of H D Devegowda||H D Revanna||JD(S)|
|10215||Chamundeshwari||2||G T Devegowda||3 times MLA||G T Devegowda||JD(S)|
|10215||Chamundeshwari||3||Siddaramaiah||Chief Minister||G T Devegowda||Cong|
|10219||Varuna||3||Yathindra Siddaramaiah||Son of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah||Siddaramaiah||Cong|
Subramanyam Sharma, All India Mahila Empowerment Party (AIMEP) party leader and grandson of former presidents VV Giri and S Radhakrishnan is also among the list of heavyweight candidates for Karnataka election 2018.