BJP Releases First List Of 72 Candidates For Karnataka Assembly Polls

| April 9 , 2018 , 08:02 IST

The BJP on Sunday released the first list of 72 candidates who will be contesting the high stakes state assembly polls in Karnataka. The elections are set to take place on May 12 and the counting will take place on May 15.

The list was announced after a meeting of the BJP Central Election Committee at the party headquarters, chaired by party President Amit Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa were in attendance at the meeting, among others.

Yeddyurappa is the chief ministerial candidate for the BJP as the party is targeting to win 150 out of the total 224 assembly seats in the Karnataka elections. Yeddyurappa had been forced to resign from the Karnataka CM post in 2011 over graft charges after which he formed his own outfit the 'Karnataka Janata Party'. However, he returned to the BJP party after then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi was announced as the party's prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Meanwhile, the ruling Congress party will be announcing all of its candidates for the 224 assembly seats in Karnataka in a "single phase" by April 15. Apart from the BJP and Congress, the Janata Dal Secular party, in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party for the Karnataka polls, has already announced candidates for 126 constituencies.

Since Karnataka is one of the few major bastions remaining of the Congress party, extensive campaigning has been going on in the state by both the BJP and the ruling Congress.