Bengaluru, Apr 9: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday released its first list of candidate for Karnataka Assembly elections 2018, scheduled to take place on May 12. The BJP declared candidates for 72 out of the 224 constituencies of Karnataka Assembly in its first list. The first list was finalised after the BJP’s central election committee met under the party’s national president Amit Shah and among its members. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the meeting.

As per the first list of the BJP for Karnataka Assembly elections, its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa will contest from Shikaripura. Other prominent nominees are K S Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, Jagadish Shettar from Hubli-Dharwad Central, Basavaraj Bommai from Shiggaon, C M Udasi from Hangal, K V Hegde from Sirsi and B Sriramulu from Molakalmuru. Only three women – Sashikala Jolle from Nippani, Roopali Naik from Karwar and Poornima Srinivas from Hiriyur – figure among the 72 contestants.

Among defectors who recently joined the party from the ruling Congress or the rival Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) are Malikaiah Guttedar from Afzalpur and Subhash Guttedar from Aland in Kalaburgi district, Mallikarjun Khuba from Basavakalyan in Bidar district, B S Yatnal from Bijapur city in Vijayapura district and CP Yogishwar from Channapatna in Ramanagara district.

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: First List of BJP Candidates

Name of ConstituencyName of Candidate
Nippani Shashikala Jolle
 Athani Laxman Savadi
Kagwad Bharamagouda H Kage
Kudachi (SC) P Rajeev
Raybag (SC) Duryodhana Aihole
Hukkeri Umesh Katti
Arabhavi Balachandra Jarakiholi
Belgaum Rural Sanjay Patil
Baihongal Vishwanatha Patil
Saudatti Yellamma Anand Vishwanath Mamani
Mudhol (SC) Govind Karjol
Muddebihal AS Patil Nadahalli
Babaleshwar Vijugouda Patil
Bijapur City Basavanagouda Patil Yetnal
Sindgi Ramesh Bhusanur
Afzalpur Malikaiah Guttedar
Shorapur (ST) Naraishma Naik
Shahpur Guru Patil Shiraval
Gulbarga Dakshin Dattatrya Patil Revur
Aland Subhash Guttedar
Basavakalyan Mallikarjun Khuba
Aurad (SC) Prabhu Chouhan
Raichur Rural (ST) Thipparaju Havaldar
Raichur Shivaraj Patil
Devadurga (ST) Shivanagouda Naik
Lingsugur (SC) Manappa Vajjal
Kushtagi Doddanagouda Patil
Dharwad Amruth Desai
Hubli-Dharwad-CentralJagdadeesh Shettar
Hubli-Dharwad-WestAravinda Bellad
Karwar Roopali Naik
Sirsi Kageri Vishweswara Hegde
Hangal CM Udasi
Shiggaon Basavaraj Bommai
Hirekerur UB Banakar
Vijayanagara Gaviyappa
Kampli (ST) TH Suresh Babu
Sandur (ST) B Raghavendra
Molokalmuru (ST) B Sriramulu
Chitradurga GH Thippareddy
Hiriyur Poornima Srinivas
Hosadurga Gulihatti D Shekhar
Dacanagere North SA Ravindranath
Shimoga KS Eswarappa
Shikaripura BS Yeddyurappa
Kundapura Haladi Srinivasa Setty
Karkal V Sunil Kumar
Sringeri DN Jeevaraj
Chikmagaluru CT Ravi
Tumkur Rural B Suresh Gowda
Kolar Gold Field (SC) Y Sampangi
Yelahanka SR Vishwanath
Rajarajeshwari Nagar PM Muniraju Gowda
Dasarahalli S Muniraju
Malleshwaram CN Ashwathnarayan
Hebbal YA Narayanaswamy
CV Raman Nagar (SC) S Raghu
Rajaji Nagar S Sureshkumar
Govindraj Nagar V Somanna
Chickpet Uday Garudachar
Basavanagudi Ravi Subramanya
Padmanaba Nagar R Ashok
Jayanagar BN Vijayakumar
Mahadevapura (SC) Aravinda Limbaveli
Bommanahalli Satish Reddy
Bangalore South M Krishnappa
Anekal (SC) A Narayanaswamy
Hosakote Sharath Bachegowda
Channapatna CP Yogishwar
Shrirangapattana Nanjunde Gowda
Sullia (SC) S Angara
Madikeri Appachu Ranjan

In the outgoing assembly, the BJP has 48 legislators, including four from the Karnataka Janata Party, a regional outfit, Yeddyurappa floated in December 2012 after he left the party owing to his removal as Chief Minister. Karnataka will go to polls on May 12. The results will be out on May 15.