Karnataka elections: Top ten candidates to watch out for
Karnataka votes today and the the electorate will decide the fortunes of many. There are over 2,000 candidates in the fray. The battle is primarily between Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa. H D Kumaraswamy would look to play kingmaker in the event of a hung assembly.
Who are the top candidates in the fray? Let us take a look.
Siddaramaiah: He is contesting from Chamundeswhari and Badami. He will look to create history by getting elected for a second term as Chief Minister.
B S Yeddyurappa: He is contesting from Shikharipura. He will look to return as the CM of Karnataka. He was the chief minister between 2008 and 2011.
H D Kumaraswamy: He is contesting from Ramanagara and Channapatna. The son of former prime minister, H D Deve Gowda, he was the CM of Karnataka between 2006 and 2008.
B Sriramulu: He is contesting on a BJP ticket from Molakmuru and Badami. In Badami he is in a tough fight with Siddaramaiah.
Dr. G Parameshwar: The KPCC president is fighting from Koratagere. In 2013, he lost the seat as a result of which he lost out the CM's post.
Laxmi Hebbalkar: She will be contesting on a Congress ticket from Belagavi Rural. She is the president of the party's women's wing in Karnataka.
K S Eshwarappa: He is contesting on a BJP ticket from Shivamogga. He is the leader of the opposition in the Karnataka legislative council.
G Karunakara Reddy: The eldest of the Reddy brothers, he is contesting on a BJP ticket from Harapanahalli.
Dr Yathindra: The son of Siddaramaiah will be making his political debut this year. He is fighting from Varuna, the seat his father vacated this time.
Madhu Bangarappa: The son of former chief minister, S Bangarappa, he would be contesting on a JD(S) ticket from Soraba.