K'taka polls: Cong likely to finalise first list of candidates today


"We are going to win the election and form the government under the leadership of (state BJP president) B S Yeddyurappa", Shah added. The pre-poll alliance with BSP has made political observers question how realistic a BJP-JD (S) alliance can be this time.

The Committee said alleged leak first appeared on an English TV news channel at 11.06 am, which was used by others including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT cell head Amit Malviya and Karnataka Congress lT Head Srivatsa.

Apprehending that the chief minister may face a strong fight at Chamundeshwari, where a sizable number of voters belong to the Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities, the party top brass advised him to opt for a safe seat like Badami in Bagalkot district as the constituency has a large number of Kuruba community voters, the caste to which Siddaramaiah belongs.

The sources also said that the KPCC chief has sought two tickets - one from the Koratagere constituency in Tumkur district, the seat which he had lost in 2013, and the other is the Pulakeshinagar constituency in Bengaluru, from where JD (S) MLA joined the Congress recently. The C-Fore survey, according to News18, also predicted an improved showing by the BJP, which the agency said may end up winning 70 seats in the 224-seat assembly. Vote Share indicates that Congress will receive 37 percent of the votes and the BJP is expected to corner 35 percent votes in the state.

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The Congress government has spent around ₹55,000 crore in North Karnataka on various development projects such as irrigation, roads, and rural development, etc. Meanwhile, the AIMIM has yet to make a formal announcement regarding the elections. The BJP, which is fighting a high-stake battle to topple the Congress and desperate to spread its footprint across the Vindhyas - will win between 78 and 86 seats, the opinion poll shows.

"Historically, media has speculated the schedules of elections in the past". He won the polls in 2008 and 2013 from Varuna.

For more than three decades now, anti-incumbency has been a common phenomenon in Karnataka. Only less than 30 per cent feel that Siddaramaiah's performance is not up to the mark.

Although the BJP and the Congress are done with several rounds of campaigning in the state, the campaigning strategy of JD (S) has also been strategically crafted, which is about concentrating on limited constituencies where it has the ground-level reach.