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BJP Releases Second List of 82 Candidates For Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018

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The Congress and the BJP have adopted a wait-and-watch policy in declaring their candidates for the Karnataka assembly elections. Sunil Naik who was battling it out with JD Naik for the party ticket finally secured the ticket from Bhatkal-Honnavar constituency. The CM's son Dr. Yathindra Siddharamaiah will contest from Varuna in Mysuru district. The party, in the past week, had released its first list of 72 candidates.

The party is yet to name candidates for Shantinagar segment in Bengaluru Central, Kittar, Nagthan, Sindgi, Raichur and Melukote. While the BJP's first list of candidates included seasoned politicians like five-time MLA S Angara, an MLA from Sullia, it has fielded new faces from other constituencies in the state.

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The dissident Congress workers in Karnataka's Mandya, Chikmaglur, Bengaluru and Bellary took out a rally and vandalised party's offices for denying ticket to Ravikumar and giving it to sitting MLA, actor Ambarish from Mandya.

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While Shyamanuru Shiva -shankarappa, 86, is the oldest Congress candidate in the fray, 28-year-old H.S. Manjunath Gowda, who is contesting from Mahalakshmi Layout in Bengaluru, is the youngest.

Rebellion, in fact, began brewing in the party ranks even as the list was made public, with several aspirants hitting the road in open defiance of the leadership across the state.

The Congress had on Sunday released its list of 218 candidates. Minister T.B. Jayachandra's son Santhosh Jayachandra has been given ticket from Chikkanayakahalli in Tumakuru district where Congress got barely 10,000 votes in the 2013 polls. CM Siddaramaiah is set to contest from Chamundeshwari putting an end to the two-seat theory.

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