BJP releases second list of 82 candidates for Karnataka elections

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On April 8, the BJP had announced the first list of 72 candidates who will contest the high stakes Karnataka assembly polls.

The BJP's second list has come a day after the Congress come out with its first list of 218 candidates on Sunday. Will the Yeddyurappa-led BJP pull off a win in the state under Amit Shah's watchful eye?

The Congress has not named candidates for six seats - Shantinagar in Bengaluru, Melukote, Kittur in Belagavi, Raichur Urban, Nagathana and Sindhgi in Vijayapura district.

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Senior leader P Ramesh called the party "Tughlaq Congress" and said he would contest the election from CV Raman Nagar in Bengaluru as a JD (S) candidate as Siddaramaiah had told him he would not get a ticket.

Supporters of party leader Anjana Murthy protested in Bengaluru after he was denied a ticket from the Nelamangala constituency, ANI reported. Targeting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Khan said the former had been a part of various Janata Dal factions and as such, did not have any attachment to (Congress) leaders and cadre.

The Congress has fielded more women candidates for the May 12 polls, while budding leaders from the party's youth and student's wings have also been chosen to test electoral waters.

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A video recorded by news agency ANI, showed alleged Congress workers go on a rampage, flinging and breaking furniture, throwing papers and pulling out posters in the party office.

The plans of CM Siddharamaiah's close aide and Mysuru District Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa to get a ticket for his son Sunil Bose from T.Narasipur has been spiked.

Rebellion, in fact, began brewing in the party ranks even as the list was made public, with several aspirants hitting the road in open defiance of the leadership across the state. Former minister Manohar Tahasildar in tears for missing the Congress ticket. CM Siddaramaiah is set to contest from Chamundeshwari putting an end to the two-seat theory.

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