Karnataka Assembly polls: BJP releases its first list of 72 candidates

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"Congress sources said the option of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah contesting from two seats â€" Badami and Chamundeshwari was still open. The committee met under the party's national president Amit Shah and among its members, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended it at the party's head office in New Delhi.

The battle for Karnataka has begun officially with the BJP on Sunday releasing its first list of candidates.

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The BJP's Karnataka unit chief B S Yeddyurappa today said the second list of party candidates for the May 12 assembly election in the state was likely to be announced on April 11. The screening committee will recommend the candidates to the party's central election committee chaired by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Senior party leader KS Eshwarappa will contest from Shivamogga constituency, where he finished in the third spot in 2013. However, Yeddyurappa merged the entity with the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and was elected to the Lok Sabha.

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The Congress had announced that it will declare its list of candidates in one go on April 15. "Later, in the days to come remaining candidates list will be announced", he told reporters here.

Meanwhile, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, KC Venugopal, said that a list of party candidates for the Assembly polls circulating on social media was fake.

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Siddaramaiah said the fake list has been circulated to create confusion among the masses before the assembly elections in Karnataka.