With JD (S) leaders pulling out all the stops to trounce him in Chamundeshwari through his friend-turned-electoral rival G.T. Deve Gowda, contesting from Badami could well end up being another gamble.
Though Chamundeshwari constituency comprises a few urban patches of Mysuru city, the constituency encompassing the immediate outskirts of Mysuru is largely rural and driven by an agrarian economy. Siddaramiah will be filling his nomination from Badami constituency on April 24. "We are disciplined soldiers of BJP. if the party asks me to contest from anywhere I will contest", he told reporters. What is wrong in that? "Whatever the high command says, I will abide by it", he added. Ambareesh was given a ticket to contest from the Mandya assembly constituency. "Did any question arise then", the Congress floor leader in the Lok Sabha asked.
He said that there will no adverse impact on his success at Chamundeshwari constituency despite contesting from Badami constituency.
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Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, who is contesting the upcoming polls from Chamundeshwari constituency, after filed his nomination in Mysuru on Friday. "They are experts; false propaganda is their job".
The chief minister said he has not taken any decision so far and he would go by the decision of the high command.
Badami, with a strong presence of Kurubas, the community to which Siddaramaiah belongs, was seen as the second safe option for the chief minister, as reports have suggested that the battle in Chamundeshwari will not be an easy one for him. He had contested for seven times in this segment and won five times. His son Yatheendra is the party's candidate from Varuna, which Siddaramaiah represents now. It has now been allotted to his son Yatindra. The chief minister has replaced Dr Devraj Patil in Badami and party leader KP Chandrakala has replaced HS Chandra Mouli.
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The ruling Congress in Karnataka has announced a list of 218 candidates and is in the process of finalising the names for the remaining six constituencies.
For the Raichur seat where no candidate had been named, the Congress has gone back to veteran Syed Yasin, who is the son-in-law of veteran Congress leader Jaffer Sharief, who lost the 2013 polls. However, issuing of B-form (required to be filed by a political party mentioning name of its approved candidate) to Patil was put on hold.
Restricting his campaign to two constituencies has led to speculations that Siddaramaiah was unhappy that the party central leadership had not allowed him to contest from two constituencies.
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