The suspense over Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah contesting from two segments is solved as the Congress High Command gave a nod for him contest from Badami in Bagalkot district apart from his home segment Chamundeshwari for the May 12 Assembly elections in the state.
Siddaramaiah had already filed his nomination for Chamundeshwari seat in Mysuru district yesterday, which is in the southern part of Karnataka, accounting for about 70 assembly seats in the 224 member lesgislative assembly.
Siddaramaiah has been maintaining that his desire was to contest from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru but he was under pressure from local party leaders to be in the fray from Badami, as it would boost the Congress' prospects in north Karnataka.More news: Door to US-China trade talks seems to open after International Monetary Fund meeting
Siddaramaiah's reported wish to contest from two seats was said to have met with stiff opposition from veteran party leaders Mallikarjuna Kharge and Veerappa Moily, after which it was made a decision to field Patil. Siddaramaiah will file nomination from Badami seat on April 23. Since the leaders wished it, I have conveyed the same to the high command.
This could set up a straight fight between the two Chief Ministerial candidates in Badami.
Siddaramaiah's move to contest from two seats is being seen to have arisen from doubts that BJP and JDS may come together against him in Chamundeshwari. The chief minister also added that he was confident of winning from the election from Chamundeshwari constituency.More news: Whiteside seeks more touches, minutes but insists trust on Heat coach Spoelstra
Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, the chief minister said he would abide by the high command's decision.
Chief Minister's son Dr Yateendra also filed his nomination from Varuna constituency. Several top leaders in the state, including Kumaraswamy will file their nomination papers today, considered to be an auspicious day.More news: Altrinsic Global Advisors LLC Decreased Baidu INC (BIDU) Stake by $26.02 Million