Karnataka Assembly Election: Siddaramaiah filed his nomination from the Chamundeshwari seat on Friday.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah
will be filing his nomination from a second seat - that of Badami
in North Karnataka - for the assembly elections to be held in May. As expected, the chief minister is already contesting from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru, his home district instead of Varuna. Instead Varuna has gone to Mr Siddaramaiah's younger son Yatheendra, a doctor who would make his debut in this election. Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa's son Vijayendra will not contest from a BJP ticket in Varuna seat. As the fourth list of the BJP was released without any mention of Varuna, Mr Yeddyurappa confirmed to NDTV that his son will not be contesting from the seat. "I am not unhappy. We decided that my son won't contest from Varuna," Mr Yeddyurappa told NDTV, adding that the decision was taken with the permission of the party's central leadership.
The battle for Karnataka
has been high-pitched, with both the Congress and the BJP putting out aggressive campaigns in the state. BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi have been leading their party's election campaign in the southern state. Karnataka will hold elections for its 224-seat assembly on May 12 and the result will be announced three days later.
Here are the highlights of the Karnataka election nomination filing:
BJP workers protest against the party for not giving a ticket to BY Vijayendra to fight the Karnataka assembly election.
BY Vijayendra was unable to move out of his hotel because of the thick layers of supporters who had gathered outside. The BJP workers have threatened that would resign en masse and vote for HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular).
BJP workers broke down, distressed by what they see as a betrayal of their leader. Shouting slogans against BJP chief Amit Shah and senior party leader Ananth Kumar, angry workers damaged furniture.
"I am not unhappy. We decided that my son won't contest from Varuna," BS Yeddyurappa told NDTV, adding that the decision was taken with the permission of the party's central leadership. "Vijayendra worked hard on this seat. He will now campaign in many seats in this area," he added.
BS Yeddyurappa's Vijayendra not to contest Karnataka Polls.
BJP also took to Twitter to criticize Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for his decision to contest from Badami.
Karnataka Chief Minister also took to Twitter to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be filing his nomination from a second seat - that of Badami in North Karnataka tomorrow.
The 2018 Assembly election in Karnataka is being pitched as a direct battle between incumbent chief minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress Party and BS Yeddyurappa, who the BJP have projected as their chief-ministerial candidate. Mr Yeddyurappa has been a former chief minister of Karnataka from May 2008 to July 2011.