B S Yeddyurappa, the BJP chief in Karnataka has written to the Election Commission alleging foul play in the recently concluded Karnataka assembly elections. His letter comes days after cases of voter verifiable paper audit trail machines were found abandoned in a shed in Vijaypura district.
What came in between the BJP and an absolute majority was Bengaluru. It was a static performance by the BJP and it did not manage to add to its tally. The BJP would have hoped it had got at least 6 more seats in Bengaluru, but ended up 11 out of 26. There are 28 constituencies in Bengaluru, but polls in Jayanagar were countermanded while the one at Rajarajeshwari Nagar was postponed.
The Congress has often accused the BJP and JD(S) of being in an understanding with each other in the Karnataka assembly elections. Some leaders have now raised a doubt over this with the BJP not announcing its candidates for the Hassan, Belur and Sakleshpur assembly constituencies.
One of the most prominent names in the BJP’s second list of candidates for the Karnataka assembly elections was that of Somashekhar Reddy. This was a surprise pick as it appeared as though the BJP was distancing itself from the Reddy brothers of Ballari.
Is there trouble in paradise for the JD(S) and BSP? The two parties had decided to come together and fight the Karnataka assembly elections together. As per the arrangement, the BSP would contest 20 out of the 224 seats. However, now it appears that the number is likely to be reduced as many within the JD(S) have raised objections.
The big highlights in today’s Congress list of candidates are that Siddaramaiah would be contesting just one seat. Amidst speculation that he would contest from two seats, the final list indicates that he would be contesting only from Chamundeshwari.
The BJP released its first list of candidates on Sunday. There were 72 names and prominent among those were B S Yeddyurappa and B Sriramulu.
There are 28 constituencies in Bengaluru. The city alone accounts for 12 per cent of the 224 seats across the state which will poll on May 12. The city has not exactly been loyal to any party.
The Congress high command has told its Karnataka state unit to finalise the list of candidates for the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections. The high command has said that it would formally approve the list of candidates after the state unit finalises it.
The battle for Bellary is a keenly contested one and the Reddy brothers want to play a big part in it. The extent of the role to be played by the Reddy brothers is unknown and for now, Janardhan Reddy is upset after BJP president, Amit Shah said a few days back that the party had nothing to do with him.