New Delhi, April 24: While campaigning in Badami, incumbent Karnataka Chief Minister said on Tuesday that he gave in to his supporters’ demand and decide to contest from Badami as well. “I decided to contest from Badami when local leaders approached me. They told me, ‘you needn’t come here for campaigning, we will do the rest’. I filed my nomination on their request and party high command’s order,” he said, reports ANI.

Calling himself the Chief Minister candidate for his party, Siddaramaiah said,”I have come here as the CM candidate and the Congress will come back to power. There is no doubt about it. I will give top priority to the development of Badami.”

Meanwhile, in Kalaburgi, senior Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge said he was confident the party would win the forthcoming Assembly elections but, he added, the high command would decide on the CM candidate, says a report in News 18. Kharge’s comment comes sharply in contrast to that of Siddaramaiah. Though Congress has maintained it was fighting the election under Siddaramaiah’s leadership, the party refused to name him as the chief ministerial candidate. On the choice of CM candidate, Kharge said, “CM(Siddaramaiah) is already there. He is leading the campaign and he is the captain. In consultation with local MLAs, they (high command) will take the decision (on who will be the CM),” Kharge told PTI.

He also defended Siddaramaiah for filing his nominations from two constituencies: Chamundeshwari and Badami. “Have Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former PM HD Deve Gowda not done so?” he asked.

Siddaramaiah had earlier filed his papers from Chamundeshwari since he vacated his Varuna seat for his son. The BJP has fielded BS Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate. The state goes to polls on May 12 and counting would be done on May 15.