Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 22: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday ended the suspense over contesting Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 from a second constituency. He would file his nomination from Badami in north Karnataka on April 24 between around 3 PM. Karnataka goes to polls on May 12. The counting of votes in the state is scheduled on May 15.
The CM has been maintaining that his desire was to contest from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru but he was under pressure from local party leaders n Bagalkote and Vijayapura districts to be in the fray from Badami, as it would boost the Congress’ prospects in north Karnataka.
Earlier yesterday, Siddaramaiah, who has already filed his nomination from Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru, had claimed that he had not yet discussed with Congress high command about contesting from Badami seat.
Notably since Monday, Siddaramaiah has been camping in Mysuru. He has dedicated his entire schedule for campaigning in Chamundeshwari and Varuna, constituencies from where he and his son Yatindra are candidates respectively. He returned to Bengaluru on Saturday.
Speculations were rife that Siddaramaiah was unhappy that the party central leadership had not allowed him to contest from two constituencies as he restricted his campaign to just Chamundeshwari and Varuna.
The Congress released the names of 2018 candidates for Karnataka Assembly Elections on April 15. In the list, the party had named Dr Devraj Patil as its nominee from Badami. However, issuing of B-form (required to be filed by a political party mentioning name of its approved candidate) to Patil was put on hold.
Badami with strong Kuruba presence, the community to which Siddaramaiah belongs, was seen as second safe option for the Chief Minister as reports have suggested that the battle in Chamundeshwari will not be an easy one for him.
Siddaramaiah has won five times and tasted defeat twice at Chamundeshwari, from where he has been announced as the candidate. Meanwhile, the Janata Dal (Secular) has vowed to defeat Siddaramaiah while the BJP’s candidate in Chamundeshwari is being considered a lightweight.
Siddaramaiah has been representing Varuna constituency in Mysuru since 2008, which has now been allotted to his son.
(With PTI inputs)