Karnataka polls: Siddaramaiah in delhi for list of candidates

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday released its first list of 72 candidates for the upcoming assembly election in Karnataka.

Siddaramaiah, who is in Delhi for the screening committee meeting, is keen to field his younger son Yathindra from his sitting constituency Varuna that is considered safe of the Congress. Siddarmaiah had won the last polls by a margin of more than 30,000 votes there. Armed with an independent survey for each constituency in the poll-bound state, the BJP's Central Election Committee is likely to meet again on Wednesday. Only three women figure among the 72 contestants - Sashikala Jolle from Nippani assembly segment in the state's north-west region, Roopali Naik from Karwar in the coastal area and Poornima Srinivas from Hiriyur in central part.

The Congress also rejected as "fake news" a purported list of party candidates being circulated on social media for the polls.

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H. Duggappa, member of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), has urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G. Parameshwara to give top priority for loyal party workers when providing ticket to contest in the coming Assembly elections.

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. Party's former state ministers S. Suresh Kumar, V. Somanna and Arvind Limbavalli are among the contestants from Bengaluru seats.

Both Yeddyurappa and Sriramulu had left the BJP before the 2013 Assembly elections to float their own parties - the Karnataka Janata Party and BSR Congress, respectively.