BJP Releases First List Of 72 Candidates For Karnataka Assembly Polls

PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah at the party's Central Election Committee meeting today

But will the Congress manage to fight anti-incumbency in the one of the few states it governs in India following the Modi wave?

Yeddyurappa is the only BJP MP to figure in the list.

The battle for Karnataka has begun officially with the BJP on Sunday releasing its first list of candidates.

BJP has announced Mr Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate, with a target of winning 150 out of 224 assembly seats and coming back to power after a gap of five years. The seat is now represented by his son BY Raghavendra. Earlier in 2011, BJP's Yeddyurappa was forced to resign from the post over graft charges following which he was forced to resign from his own party, Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).Reports suggest that following the charges, BJP's prospects for polls in 2013 were damaged.

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BJP top leaders, who returned from New Delhi after the central election committee meeting, had to face embarrassing moments as the disappointed ticket aspirants started holding meetings with their supporters to decide their future course of action.

The Congress, on the other hand, is likely to announce its full list for the 224 seats on April 12.

In the 2013 Assembly elections, Eshwarappa contested again from the Shimoha assembly constituency and lost to K.B. Prasanna Kumar of the Congress by a margin of almost 6,000 votes. Apart from that, several regional parties like Coorg National Council, Kannad Chalavali Vatal Paksha, Karnataka Congress Party, Karnataka Kranti Ranga and Karnataka Vikas Party are influential among their respective castes. The screening committee reportedly chose to keep the party's dynasty politics intact.

In another contentious development, the Income Tax Department has sought details of payments made to contractors between January and March 2018, suspecting that government funds are being misused by the ruling Congress.

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