Confirmed: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah To Contest State Polls From 2 Seats

| April 22 , 2018 , 15:13 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in had earlier said that he would be contesting the upcoming state polls from one seat only, however, as the second list of Congress party candidates was released on Sunday, it was confirmed he will be filing nomination for a second seat as well.

CM Siddaramaiah gave up his own current seat of Varuna for his son and instead is contesting from his home district Chamundeshwari in Mysuru, and on Monday will also be filing nomination for a second seat, namely Badami in north Karnataka.

Regarding contesting a second seat, CM Siddaramaiah said to NDTV that the decision was made based on the advice of senior party leaders.

"It is not that I am interested in contesting in Badami. The leaders from North Karnataka particularly, they wanted me to contest from Badami. According to them, if I contest in Badami, it helps neighbouring constituencies and helps the constituencies where 50-50 chances are there," said Siddaramaiah.

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Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also confirmed that Siddaramaiah is contesting two constituencies based on directions of the party's High Command.

"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," Kharge said to media.

The second list of 11 Congress candidates for the Karnataka polls that was released on Sunday showed that apart from Siddaramaiah, 5 other candidates have also been replaced.

Earlier, the Congress party had on April 16 released the first list of 218 candidates for the upcoming state elections in Karnataka for 224 seats.

The last date for nomination is April 24 and the elections are scheduled to take place on May 12 with the counting of votes taking place on May 15.