BJP re­leases sec­ond list of 82 can­di­dates for Kar­nataka polls

Some can­di­dates for Kar­nataka polls have faced cor­rup­tion, rape al­le­ga­tions

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Mon­day came out with its sec­ond list of can­di­dates with 82 names for the Assem­bly poll, which in­cluded some po­lit­i­cally con­tro­ver­sial ones such as for­mer Min­is­ters Katta Subra­manya Naidu, S.N. Kr­ish­na­iah Setty, H. Halappa, and M.P. Renukacharya.

While the cor­rup­tion charges against Mr. Naidu and the rape al­le­ga­tion against Mr. Halappa have been struck down by the courts, the cor­rup­tion case against Mr. Setty is still pend­ing. Mr. Renukacharya had landed in a con­tro­versy when his pho­tographs with a woman had sur­faced in the me­dia.

The list was re­leased a day af­ter the party’s cen­tral elec­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing in New Delhi. The party had re­leased its first list of 72 can­di­dates on April 8, and with Mon­day’s ex­er­cise, the party has re­leased a list of 154 can­di­dates.

Lead­ers’ kin on list

Among the Reddy brothers in Bal­lari, the party has given ticket to only G. So­mashekhar Reddy so far. He is con­test­ing from Bal­lari City.

An­other in­ter­est­ing fea­ture of the sec­ond list is that kin of some party lead­ers and the can­di­dates, have also been given ticket.

Sanna Faki­rappa, a rel­a­tive of B. Sri­ra­mulu who is con­test­ing from Mo­lakalmur, has been given the ticket to con­test from Bal­lari (ST). The for­mer Deputy Chief Min­is­ter R. Ashok’s cousin, A. Ravi, has been given ticket to con­test from By­atarayana­pura.

While in­cum­bent MLA Shashikala An­nasa­heb Jolle was given ticket in the first list it­self to con­test from Nip­pani, her hus­band Anna Sa­heb Jolle has been given the ticket to con­test from Chikkodi-Sadalga seat in the sec­ond list.

Katta Subra­manya Naidu

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