JD(S) reaches out to BJP to keep Karnataka post-poll options open

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

The results will be out on May 15. The tainted brigade involved in illegal mining-Anand Singh (Hospete MLA) who quit BJP to join Congress, independent MLAs B. Nagendra (Kudligi) and Satish Sail (Karwar), and Bidar South MLA and promoter of NICE company Ashok Kheny (facing land-grabbing charges) getting the tickets has sparked discontent within the party. This though has not come true as both parties have harped only on winnability as the sole criterion and given a go-by to principles and discipline. In 2013, the party won 19 per cent of the votes and 40 seats - mostly in southern Karnataka.

The BJP on Sunday once again trained guns at the Congress, demanding the sacking of Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir who is claimed to have described the police probe in the Kathua incident as motivated.

Senior leader P Ramesh called the party "Tughlaq Congress" and said he would contest the election from CV Raman Nagar in Bengaluru as a JD (S) candidate as Siddaramaiah had told him he would not get a ticket.

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On not finding his name in the list, Ex-MLC Shashil G Nomoshi started crying in front of media. H.D. Deve Gowda-led JD (S) won 40 seats.In the second list, the BJP has named from Sagar former state minister Haratalu Halappa, who had to quit over an alleged sexual assault case in 2009 in which he was acquitted previous year.

He added that the people of the country would never accept the legacy of Congress and teach the party a "proper lesson".

BJP is vigorously trying to gain back the power in the Karnataka state, after a gap of five years. The last date for nomination is April 24.

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Party's state unit President G. Parameshwara will contest from Korategere in Tumakuru district from where he lost in the last assembly poll.

While the ruling Congress has released a list of 218 candidates for the 224 seats in Karnataka, renominating 110 of its 122 MLAs, the BJP has nominated 154 candidates, including most of its 44 sitting MLAs.

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