Terming the iron ore mining scam in the state biggest, Surjewala said the then anti-graft watchdog Justice Santosh Hegde exposed the unholy nexus of BJP's chief ministerial face B.S, Yeddyurappa with the Reddy brothers. Chief-minister Siddaramaiah, a law graduate, is sending a strong message about the Congress' chances for a second straight win by contesting from two seats: Chamundeshwari and Badami. As per an official notification issued on April 17, the last date for filing nominations across 224 Assembly constituencies is Tuesday (April 24).
Besides PM Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal and Hema Malini will visit the southern state where the BJP is counting on its state chief BS Yeddyurappa to take the party to victory. The elections in the state will be held on May 12 and result will be out on May 15. Siddaramaiah thus goes back to Chamundeshwari, the seat he had once held.
BJP has fielded T. Basavarajappa from Varuna segment against Congress candidate Dr. Yathindra, son of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. BJP has made peace with awarding tickets to those tainted by graft charges like the Reddys of Bellary, but scored a political point by not obliging dynastic politics like Congress.More news: Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen perform at Tribeca premiere of Horses
Submitted names of officers who are allegedly working under the influence of Congress and disturbing BJP poll campaign in the state.
Responding to the Rahul Gandhi's comment on JDS being the "B" team of BJP, kumaraswamy said that, "Let the Congress remember, the current Karnataka government is the "B" team of JD (S)".
The Congress also witnessed high drama within its ranks as M.H. Ambareesh, a popular Kannada actor and the party's incumbent legislator from Mandya, chose to opt out of the race, prompting the party to give the ticket to Ganiga Ravi Kumar. "North Karnataka people wanted me to contest from here, so I am contesting".More news: Stock'S Earning Overview Chevron Corporation (CVX)
In a conversation with ANI, JD supremo told, "The state has suffered so badly by the BJP rule".
"I wholeheartedly standby & support (the) party's decision in all circumstances".
The state election commission will scrutinize all nominations on Wednesday.More news: Iran threatens to withdraw from NPT if US scraps 2015 nuclear deal