Karnataka is going to polls on May 10 in a single phase voting and counting of votes will take place on May 13. All major political parties are busy with selection of the candidates and release of the list for Karnataka assembly election for 223 seats.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) on Wednesday late night released its second list of 23 candidates, with seven sitting MLAs replaced with new candidates. While four sitting MLAs have been granted tickets.This comes a day after it had announced 189 candidates in its first list. The list includes four Scheduled Caste, one Scheduled Tribe and two women candidates.
The latest list does not include Hubli-Dharwad Central segment, from where former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar wants to contest. It also does not include candidate for the Shivamogga city segment, where sitting MLA and former minister K S Eshwarappa has announced his retirement from electoral politics. Shettar has been asked by the party’s top brass to make way for youngsters, but he has asserted that he wants to contest one last time.
Channagiri MLA Virupakshappa, who was recently arrested by Lokayukta police on corruption charges, was among the incumbent MLAs who were not included in the list. Shiv Kumar has been fielded from the Channagiri seat.
In Haveri, sitting MLA Nehru Olekar was replaced by Gavisiddappa Dyamannavar, while in Byndoor, sitting MLA B Sukumar Shetty made way for Gururaj Gantihole.