Chief Minister Siddaramaiah offered prayers at a local temple and held a road show before filing his nomination papers from the constituency in north Karnataka, the second seat he is standing from. He will be up against BJP parliamentarian B Srimaulu, a close aide of mining barons Reddy brothers, who flew in on a helicopter to file his papers.
Mr Siddaramaiah, who is also contesting from Chamundeshwari in southern Mysuru district, said he was confident of winning the Badami seat as well though he did not know till the last moment who his opponent would be.
"I am least bothered by who will contest against me (in Badami). Whether it is Sriramulu or Yeddyurappa, I have faith in the voters. They will not leave me," he said.
The BJP was quick to point out that the Chief Minister contesting from two seats was a sign of lack of confidence.
"Every top Congress leader, including Siddaramaiah, knows he is not going to win, that's why they are contesting from two seats," said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Last month, BJP chief Amit Shah had said the "BJP had no relationship with Janardhana Reddy".
"People are saying that under PM Modi-Amit Shah, the 'Republic of Bellary' is back," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Film star Ambareesh, who was given the Congress ticket for Mandya, finally decided not to contest, saying he was too old to campaign. The Rebel Star as he is called was dropped as a minister by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in 2016.
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