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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: BJP announces first list of 72 candidates

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    The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday released its first of 72 candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections 2018. As expected, most sitting MLAs have been given tickets. Three leaders who recently joined the party from other outfits have also been accomodated.

    Narendra Modi and Yeddyurappa

    This comes following a meeting of the BJP's Central Election Committee at the party headquarters in Delhi. The meeting was chaired by party president Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa the members of of the top party body which decides the names of the candidates.

    Yeddyurappa will be contesting the Assembly Elections from Shikaripura constituency in Shimoga. Veteran state leaders Jagadish Shettar and K S Eswarappa will contest from Hubli Dharwad Central and Shimoga Assembly seats, respectively, it said. 

    The BJP has also fielded its Lok Sabha MP B Sriramulu in the polls.

    The meeting, official sources said, delineated on probable candidates for over 140 seats and the names of remaining candidates are likely to be announced soon.

    Here is the list of 72 candidates

    1. Nippani - Shashikala Jolle
    2. Athani - Laxman Savadi
    3. Kagwad - Bharamagouda H Kage
    4. Kudachi (SC) - P Rajeev
    5. Raybag (SC) - Duryodhana Aihole
    6. Hukkeri - Umesh Katti
    7. Arabhavi - Balachandra Jarakiholi
    8. Belgaum Rural - Sanjay Patil
    9. Baihongal - Vishwanatha Patil
    10. Saudatti Yellamma - Anand Vishwanath Mamani
    11. Mudhol (SC) - Govind Karjol
    12. Muddebihal - AS Patil Nadahalli
    13. Babaleshwar - Vijugouda Patil
    14. Bijapur City - Basavanagouda Patil Yetnal
    15. Sindgi - Ramesh Bhusanur
    16. Afzalpur - Malikaiah Guttedar
    17. Shorapur (ST) - Naraishma Naik
    18. Shahpur - Guru Patil Shiraval
    19. Gulbarga Dakshin - Dattatrya Patil Revur
    20. Aland - Subhash Guttedar
    21. Basavakalyan - Mallikarjun Khuba
    22. Aurad (SC) - Prabhu Chouhan
    23. Raichur Rural (ST) - Thipparaju Havaldar
    24. Raichur - Shivaraj Patil
    25. Devadurga (ST) - Shivanagouda Naik
    26. Lingsugur (SC) - Manappa Vajjal
    27. Kushtagi - Doddanagouda Patil
    28. Dharwad - Amruth Desai
    29. Hubli-Dharwad-Central - Jagdadeesh Shettar
    30. Hubli-Dharwad-West - Aravinda Bellad
    31. Karwar - Roopali Naik
    32. Sirsi - Kageri Vishweswara Hegde
    33. Hangal - CM Udasi
    34. Shiggaon - Basavaraj Bommai
    35. Hirekerur - UB Banakar
    36. Vijayanagara - Gaviyappa
    37. Kampli (ST) - TH Suresh Babu
    38. Sandur (ST) - B Raghavendra
    39. Molokalmuru (ST) - B Sriramulu
    40. Chitradurga - GH Thippareddy
    41. Hiriyur - Poornima Srinivas
    42. Hosadurga - Gulihatti D Shekhar
    43. Dacanagere North - SA Ravindranath
    44. Shimoga - KS Eswarappa
    45. Shikaripura - BS Yeddyurappa (Chief ministerial candidate)
    46. Kundapura - Haladi Srinivasa Setty
    47. Karkal - V Sunil Kumar
    48. Sringeri - DN Jeevaraj
    49. Chikmagaluru - CT Ravi
    50. Tumkur Rural - B Suresh Gowda
    51. Kolar Gold Field (SC) - Y Sampangi
    52. Yelahanka - SR Vishwanath
    53. Rajarajeshwari Nagar - PM Muniraju Gowda
    54. Dasarahalli - S Muniraju
    55. Malleshwaram - CN Ashwathnarayan
    56. Hebbal - YA Narayanaswamy
    57. CV Raman Nagar (SC) - S Raghu
    58. Rajaji Nagar - S Sureshkumar
    59. Govindraj Nagar - V Somanna
    60. Chickpet - Uday Garudachar
    61. Basavanagudi - Ravi Subramanya
    62. Padmanaba Nagar - R Ashok
    63. Jayanagar - BN Vijayakumar
    64. Mahadevapura (SC) - Aravinda Limbaveli
    65. Bommanahalli - Satish Reddy
    66. Bangalore South - M Krishnappa
    67. Anekal (SC) - A Narayanaswamy
    68. Hosakote - Sharath Bachegowda
    69. Channapatna - CP Yogishwar
    70. Shrirangapattana - Nanjunde Gowda
    71. Sullia (SC) - S Angara
    72. Madikeri - Appachu Ranjan

    Meanwhile, the ruling Congress has completed two rounds of discussions, one for the seats that it did not win in 2013 and the second for the 122 that it did. Janata Dal (Secular) has already released the list of 126 candidates.

    Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 225-member assembly. The results will be out on May 15.

    Karnataka Assembly Election dates
    Date of notification April 17
    Last date to file nominations April 24
    Last date to withdraw nominations April 27
    Date of polling May 12
    Date of counting May 15

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