Rahul Gandhi to launch stir against govt April 23

Pilot alleged the government did not act responsibly when violence broke out during Bharat Bandh last week in Rajasthan

According to Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, who released the list in the national capital, the candidates were selected by the party's Central Election Committee from the names its screening committee recommended after a two-day meeting in New Delhi on April 9-10. The announcement that Siddaramaiah will contest from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru, ended speculation that he might be in the fray from a second constituency, Badami, in north Karnataka's Bagalkote district.

"Some leaders in the party fold are acting as my enemies and want to ruin my career", he said, adding that "I am a soldier of the party and will continue to strengthen the party".

In the dissolved Assembly, Siddaramaiah was representing Varuna in Mysuru.

Paswan was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government after winning the Nawada Lok Sabha seat, but he went into political wilderness after 2005 as he quit the saffron party and remained in different parties till three years back when he re-joined the BJP. Congress is keen to improve its tally in these seats. Fifteen candidates are Muslim, seven Brahmin and two candidates are each from the Jain and Christian communities, they said.


The party said it has left the Melukota Assembly seat (AC-188) for one of its partners.

Meanwhile, BJP is also on an outreach mission to woo the dalits.

The Congress' present and former Dalit lawmakers, those holding offices in zilla parishad, civic bodies and panchayat samitis, will take part in the launch event, aimed at sensitising the attendees on the current state of affairs with regard to the community. B Suresh Siddhaiah, B Manjugowda and A L Pushpa.

The elections for the Karnataka are scheduled to take place on May 12 and the counting of votes will take place on May 15.

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