Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to contest from two constituencies

HD Deve Gowda

HD Deve Gowda

Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said a total of 155 nominations were filed in two days since the process began on April 17. "Whatever the high command decides, I will abide by it", Siddaramaiah had said on Friday when initial reports of the decision emerged. The Janata Dal (Secular), too, has released its second list of 56 candidates, taking the number of names declared for the 224-member Assembly so far to 182.

Meanwhile, BJP's chief Ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa is now on a hectic campaign trail after filing his nominations for assembly polls on Friday. The Chief Minister said he has not taken any decision so " far and he would go by the decision of the high command.

"A lot of leaders from North Karnataka including MB Patil, SR Patil and HY Meti all requested me to contest from a constituency in one of the northern districts".

Siddaramaiah's reported wish to contest from two seats is said to have met with stiff opposition from veteran party leaders Mallikarjuna Kharge and Veerappa Moily after which it was chose to field Patil.

The party is also considering fielding either its Nayaka community leader B. Sriramulu or businessman Vijay Sankeshwar from Badami. "And several others are pressurising me to contest from there (Badami)", he said.

Siddaramaiah, however, has been consistently saying he will win Chamundeshwari without problem because Chamundeshwari is the seat that elected him 5 times from 1983 to 2006.

JDS has vowed to defeat Siddaramaiah while the BJP's candidate in Chamundeshwari is considered a lightweight, amid allegations that there was a tacit understanding between the two parties.

"I'm not the high command, I'm the chief minister of the state".

Chief Minister's son Dr Yateendra also filed his nomination from Varuna constituency.

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