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Karnataka Elections LIVE: Janardhana Reddy's Aide Sriramulu to Contest Against Siddaramaiah from Badami

News18.com | April 24, 2018, 5:42 PM IST
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The BJP has decided to field B Sriramulu, a close aide of Janardhana Reddy, against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Badamai. Sriramulu will contest Badami as his second seat now and challenge the CM in this OBC dominated constituency in Karnataka. Earlier, the Congress announced that party president Rahul Gandhi will release the manifesto on April 27 in Mangalore. The Party will simultaneously release the manifesto in four divisions. Congress is expected to come up with separate manifestoes -- one for the state, one for Bangalore and then region wise.

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Apr 24, 2018 5:42 pm (IST)

"On 18th November, 2013, the Siddaramaiah government assigned the iron ore mining scam to the CBI. Nine ports were used to siphon off iron ore from Karnataka and this illegal ore was exported. The lokayukta has stated this on record. When CBI was examining this cases, Amit Shah declared Yeddyruppa as the CM candidate. On 13 June 2017. CBI writes to Karnataka saying no iron ore was stolen from the two ports in Goa, citing that they could not find the criminals as the iron ore stolen from Goa and karnataka have got mixed up. This is preposterous reasoning."-Surjewala

Apr 24, 2018 5:31 pm (IST)

The Congress has attacked the BJP for giving tickets to aides of the tainted Reddy brothers. In a press conference, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala. in a press conference, said, " I'm here today with the important issue of plundering the natural resource of Karnataka in a mining scam. The lokayukta had proclaimed the loss of Rs 35000 crore in the mining scam which had caused Yeddyruppa to be sacked as Chief Minister when it came out. But according to Modi government, no one is responsible for the Rs 35000 crore scam. Modi is become the protector and defender of the Bellary gang."

Apr 24, 2018 2:28 pm (IST)

Janardhan Reddy's aide B Sriramulu to contest from Badami  | The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have zeroed it on Janardhan Reddy's aide and Lok Sabha MP B Sriramulu as its candidate against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the Badami Assembly Constituency in North Karnataka. The party is still struggling to find a candidate and to take on Siddaramaiah’s son Yatindra in the Varuna constituency in South Karnataka.Badami is the second constituency for the CM as he has also filed his nomination from Chamundeshwari and is expected to take on GT Devegowda of the (JDS). Sriramulu had earlier filed his nomination papers from Molakalmuru constituency in Chitradurga district.

Apr 24, 2018 1:36 pm (IST)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will release the manifesto on April 27 in Mangalore. The Party will simultaneously release the manifesto in four divisions. Congress Party is expected to come up with separate manifestoes -- one for the state, one for Bangalore and then region wise.

Apr 24, 2018 12:26 pm (IST)

Ambareesh won't contest election | Actor and sitting Mandya MLA Ambareesh is said to have refused to contest the May 12 Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. Ambarish, who was allotted the party ticket from Mandya, have told the Congress High Command that he will not be contesting the polls. Now, Congres has decided to field P Ravi Kumar - the leader whose supporters broke chairs and doors at the party’s local office as the sitting legislator Ambareesh was preferred over him for the constituency. Ambareesh has asked yo give a ticket to his aide Amaravathi Chandrashekar.

Apr 24, 2018 12:06 pm (IST)

Yogi to address 35 rallies in poll-bound Karnataka | Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address around 35 rallies in Karnataka from May 3 as the BJP goes all-out to seize power in the southern state. Party sources said the focus will be on Lingayat, Dalit and Nath community votes.

Apr 24, 2018 11:59 am (IST)

Income tax department conducted raids at Mysore and Bangalore on 11 contractors, including 10 in Mysore and one in Bengaluru. 

Apr 24, 2018 11:54 am (IST)

BJP releases its 5th list for Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 but fail to project any candidate for Varuna and Badami constituencies. The party made changes in 6 seats, excluding Sakleshpur and Sidlaghatta. 5th List of Karnataka Legislative Assembly Election list | 1)Arasikere=Mariswamy. 2)Sakleshpura(SC)=Somashekhar. 3)Madhugiri=Ramesh Reddy. 4)Shira=S R Gowda. 5)Shidlaghatta=H. Suresh. 6)Srinivaspura=Dr.Venugopal. 7)Mandya=Chandagala Shivanna. 8)Melukote=Shivalinge Gowda.

Apr 24, 2018 11:20 am (IST)

Karnataka BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa's son BY Vijayendra is appointed as the State General Secretary, Yuva Morcha. Karnataka BJP shared the news on its Twitter handle today. "Congratulations to Shri BY Vijayendra on his appointment as State General Secretary, Yuva Morcha. His addition will greatly boost the party cadre and strengthen our organisation in the Old Mysuru region. He will be campaigning extensively for candidates in the Old Mysuru region," the tweet reads.

Apr 24, 2018 9:08 am (IST)

Sources said that B S Yeddyurappa's son Vijayendra may contest from Varuna. After party denied him a ticket, there was a huge protest in Mysore. An angry Yeddyurappa has told high command that Vijayendra must contest, but the high command is not ready. Vijayendra has kept his nomination papers ready. Some BJP candidates from Mysore have threatened to quit the party after Vijayendra was denied ticket.

Apr 23, 2018 6:02 pm (IST)

MOILY ON CONGRESS MANIFESTO | Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily says that the party would soon release its manifesto for Karnataka. The manifesto committee has already prepared a draft manifesto and is awaiting the approval from Rahul Gandhi to release it. He revealed that apart from Bengaluru, it focuses on transformative changes for development, social justice and agriculture. 
On tickets given to Janardhan Reddy's aides, Moily said that it reflects the fact that the BJP has become desperate. “They are not finding good and genuine candidates that is why they have ransacked and put any candidate. Whether they are tainted or not, whether they are criminals or not doesn’t matter.” 
“They have released four lists which shows the instability in the minds of BJP leadership, whereas the Congress released 218 seats in one go that shows our stability.”

Apr 23, 2018 4:11 pm (IST)
Apr 23, 2018 4:09 pm (IST)

READ | Karnataka Polls: BJP Fields Another Reddy Brother in Third List

BJP has released its third list of 59 candidates on Friday for the Karnataka assembly elections.

Apr 23, 2018 4:02 pm (IST)

REDDY BROTHERS | BJP on Friday fielded Karunakar Reddy, one of the Reddy brothers - tainted mining barons - from Harapanahalli as it released its third list of 59 candidates on Friday for the Karnataka assembly elections. The party had in its second list released earlier fielded another of three Reddy brothers, Somashekhara Reddy, from Ballari. Reddy brothers have been accused in the past of illegal mining.

Apr 23, 2018 3:59 pm (IST)

Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily says on Twitter: “Congress has released the list of candidates already while BJP & JD(S) are struggling to find candidates. Only Congress has a pan-Karnataka presence & JD(S) is the B-Team of BJP.”

Apr 23, 2018 3:57 pm (IST)

Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily tweets: "BJP has been taken over by the Reddy Brothers. Several MLA tickets have been given to their family members. Even today, yet another of their relative has been given a ticket in Bengaluru. BJP seems to have not learnt their lesson from their 2008-13 disastrous tenure."

Apr 23, 2018 3:06 pm (IST)

The much-talked about assembly constituencies — Badami and Varuna — are missing from the BJP's fourth list. BJP is yet to make up its mind on the remaining four constituencies and tomorrow is the last date to file nominations. The ticket for Varuna, where BS Yeddyurappa's son B.Y. Vijayendra was expected to contest, has also not announced yet. Earlier in the day, Yeddyurappa said his son won't contest the upcoming election which led to the ruckus at party's Mysore office. The party is yet to announce its candidate in Badami. 

Apr 23, 2018 2:55 pm (IST)

BJP releases the fourth list for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 but it is still incomplete. The party is still deciding on four constituencies. Jaggesh will contest from Yeshwantpur, while the comedian wanted a seat in Tumakuru district. Meanwhile, Udupi-Chikkamagaluru BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje, who was seen actively campaigning for the party in Yeshwantpur, won't be contesting elections this time.

Apr 23, 2018 2:20 pm (IST)

Addressing a convention in Mysore, BJP state president and CM hopeful BS Yeddyurappa has said that his son Vijayendra will not be contesting against CM Siddaramaiah's son Yathindra from Varuna constituency. The announcement was met with an uproar from party workers, who created a ruckus and even threw chairs.

Apr 23, 2018 12:34 pm (IST)

Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary who is in-charge of Karnataka said there is nothing wrong in Janardhana Reddy campaigning for BJP. Though his name is not in BJP's campaigners' list, he can still campaign.

Apr 23, 2018 12:27 pm (IST)

Mandya MLA and popular Sandalwood actor Ambareesh have expressed that he does not wish to contest in the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. He asked Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dr. G Parameshwara to offer the ticket to his associate,  Amaravathi  Chandrashekar. 

Apr 23, 2018 11:25 am (IST)

The Bharatiya Janata Party criticised Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah for contesting from Badami.  The BJP took to Twitter and said "Siddaramaiah has accepted defeat even before the war has begun. By contesting from Badami he has proved two things: 1. He has no confidence in winning from his own hometown. 2. By choosing a Kuruba dominant constituency, he showed he is no more than a 'one caste' leader."

Apr 23, 2018 10:09 am (IST)

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah took to Twitter to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "I am looking forward to a thundering speech on corruption by PM @narendramodi on 1st May!," the tweet reads.

Apr 22, 2018 2:58 pm (IST)

Congress MLA NA Haris is re-nominated from Shanthinagara Assembly seat in Bengaluru, weeks after putting his ticket on hold over the assault allegations against his son Mohammad Nalapad. The state Congress had earlier decided against giving him the ticket after his son generated negative publicity with the alleged assault on a youth at a high-end pub in Bengaluru two months ago. However, after scouting for a suitable candidate who could replace Haris, the ruling Congress seems to have fallen back on the two-time MLA to win the seat again. Haris’ son Mohammad Nalapad has been expelled from the Youth Congress two months ago after the assault which hit national headlines. The Karnataka High Court dismissed his bail application and the state government filed a caveat in the Supreme Court opposing his bail.  Haris is a two-time MLA from Shanthinagara, a Muslim, Christian and Dalit-dominated Assembly seat in Bengaluru. 

Apr 22, 2018 2:53 pm (IST)

Congress releases final list of 11 candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. There are four changes in the list released today. No ticket for HS Chandramouli, the lawyer for absconding businessman Mehul Choksi. Chandramouli was chosen as the candidate from Madikeri. Now, KP Chandrakala will contest from Madikeri. 

Apr 22, 2018 2:36 pm (IST)

Reacting to BJP's Sadananda Gowda's demand that the Election Commission should reject Siddaramaiah's nomination for "providing wrong information", Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said "Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji also contested election from two seats. He (Siddaramaiah) is contesting election from the two constituencies (Chamundeshwari and Badami) under directions by Party's High Command."

Apr 22, 2018 2:30 pm (IST)

Udupi-Chikmagalur BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje likely to get an assembly ticket from Yashwanthpur in Bengaluru. She won from there in 2008 by a slender margin of 1000 votes.

Apr 22, 2018 1:52 pm (IST)

Sitting BJP MLA Revu Naik Belamagi joins Janata Dal-Secular. Earlier in the day, he has threatened to quit the party after being denied a ticket. Belamagi is a five-time MLA from Gulbarga district and a Scheduled Caste (SC) leader. He further alleged that "BJP is giving importance to criminals over honest people."

Apr 22, 2018 12:13 pm (IST)

Denied ticket from Sagar Assembly Constituency, former BJP MLA Belur Gopalakrishna joins Congress today. Gopalkrishna said he will support his relative Kagodu Thimmappa this time. Meanwhile, Bijapur district's President Vittal Katakadonda also joined the Congress party today after BJP denied him a ticket from Nagathana SC seat.

Apr 22, 2018 10:39 am (IST)

The Congress, meanwhile, ended the suspense over the Badami seat, the second seat that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would be contesting from. He had earlier this week file his nomination from Chamundeshwari seat and would file papers from Badami on April 24. 

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Karnataka Elections LIVE: Janardhana Reddy's Aide Sriramulu to Contest Against Siddaramaiah from Badami
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The BJP has decided to field B Sriramulu, a close aide of Janardhana Reddy, against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Badamai. Sriramulu will contest Badami as his second seat now and challenge the CM in this OBC dominated constituency in Karnataka. Earlier, the Congress announced that party president Rahul Gandhi will release the manifesto on April 27 in Mangalore. The Party will simultaneously release the manifesto in four divisions. Congress is expected to come up with separate manifestoes -- one for the state, one for Bangalore and then region wise.

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath, from May 3, will be addressing close to three dozen rallies in poll-bound Karnataka. The decision came as the party felt that Yogi's Hindutva image, plus the Nath sect's connect to Lingayats and the anti-caste movement initiated by Gau Rakha Peeth, will cut ice in elections. Meanwhile, the Karnataka BJP has appointed party state chief BS Yeddyurappa's son BY Vijayendra as the Yuva Morcha state general secretary. The party, in its tweet announcing the decision, said that Vijayendra would "be campaigning extensively for candidates in the Old Mysuru region". This pretty much means that Vijayendra will not be contesting the assembly polls this time around.

After the BJP denied BS Yeddyurappa's son BY Vijayendra a ticket, there was a huge uproar among party cadre in Mysore. An angry Yeddyurappa has told party high command that his son must contest but the decision-making group was not convinced. Vijayendra was gearing up to contest from Varuna constituency in a big fight against CM Siddaramaiah's son Yathendra. Yesterday, BJP's fourth list also had no place for Yeddyurappa's close aide Shobha Karandlaje. The party is yet to make up its mind on four constituencies, despite today being the last date to file nominations.
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