Siddaramaiah likely to contest from two seats

BJP chief Amit Shah. PTI

BJP chief Amit Shah. PTI

"Until now no CEC meeting has happened regarding the Karnataka Assembly Election", he added. The AIMEP will field candidates from all 224 constituencies in the state, party's national president Dr Nowhera Shaikh said while releasing the manifesto.

As senior Congress party functionaries from Karnataka arrived in the Capital on Tuesday for deliberations over candidates for the upcoming assembly polls, a fake list of candidates started doing the rounds of social media creating much panic in the state unit.

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"Congress sources said the option of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah contesting from two seats â€" Badami and Chamundeshwari was still open.

Party chief Amit Shah, its chief ministerial candidate, B S Yeddyurappa, and other key leaders of the party held marathon meetings on Friday and Saturday last week. The list was finalised by the party's central election committee. Though his party performed poorly in the 2013 Assembly polls, it managed to wean away a substantial chunk of the BJP votes, leading to a rout of the saffron party.

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Sundara Devinagara was welcomed to the BJP at a function in the morning by U Rajesh Naik, who will be contesting from Bantwal constituency against state Forests Minister B Ramanath Rai. The AICC has not approved the list of candidates yet. The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is now in power, with 122 seats against the BJP's 43. However, Yeddyurappa merged the entity with the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and was elected to the Lok Sabha.

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