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Karnataka polls: Mining baron G J Reddy's brother, Bangarappa's son in BJP's second list

April 16, 2018 17:29

The BJP today announced 82 candidates, including elder brother of tainted mining baron G Janardhan Reddy and son of late chief minister S Bangarappa, for the Karnataka assembly polls, taking to 154 the number of constituencies for which it has declared its nominees.
Polls for the 224-member assembly are scheduled on May 12.

In the second list released today, the BJP has fielded Reddy's elder brother G  Somashekar Reddy from Bellary City while Kumar Bangarappa will contest from Sorab.
G Janardhan Reddy is an an accused in illegal mining case.
Krishnaiah Setty, an old associate of Yeddyurappa, has been fielded from from Malur.
Among the seats for which the party is yet to announce candidates is Varuna, for which Yeddyurappa's son B Y Vijayendra is seen as a strong contender.
The Congress has fielded Siddaramaiah's son Yatheendra from Varuna, currently held by the chief minister who has shifted to Chamundeshwari. The BJP has not announced its candidate against the chief minister.
The BJP released the list a day after its central election committee met here to finalise the names of its candidates for the high-stakes election.
The BJP on April 8 had declared its first list of 72 nominees that included its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, and senior leaders K S Eshwarappa and Jagadish Shettar.
The Congress had yesterday released its list of 218 candidates.

-- PTI

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