Karnataka Assembly elections: Congress anxious about united opposition in Chamundeshwari


"Just 29 days remain for Assembly elections and the dream of Congress free Karnataka will be a reality", he said at a party convention here. The Central Election Committee (CEC), presided over by party chief Rahul Gandhi, held first round of discussion in the morning and will deliberate again in the evening and finalise the first list.

Congress leader and member of the CEC Ambika Soni said the list is not finalised yet and further discussions will take place tomorrow.

On Thursday, after the meeting, Siddaramaiah said he would convey views of the local leaders to the party high command. BJP, which is going all out to unseat the Congress, has already announced its first list of 72 candidates.

Some leaders raised objections over the grant of party tickets to recently joined BJP and JD (S) rebel legislators, besides some Independents, the sources said.

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An opinion poll by India Today has predicted that the Congress will emerge as the single largest party and BJP may not be able to secure enough seats to dislodge the Siddaramaiah government.

Earlier CM Siddaramaiah had announced that he would contest from the Chamundeshwari constituency leaving his current Varuna seat open for his son.

Even chief minister Siddaramaiah wants to contest from two seats and is demanding tickets, one from his old Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysore district and the other Badami in Bagalkote district, where sitting Congress MLA B B Chimmanakatti was pursuaded to vacate the seat, they said.

Similarly, Janata Dal (Secular) state chief HD Kumaraswamy is also going to contest from two seats.